Founders Day Speaker Brings Expertise in Leadership

September 26, 2012

Marie Westbrook ’82 returns to Mary Baldwin University Thursday to deliver the keynote address at the annual Founders Day ceremony. A business administration major at Mary Baldwin, Westbrook went on to earn her doctorate in comparative education and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.

In her early career, she focused on assisting nonprofits and international agencies with educational reform projects in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She then moved into the federal sector, working in the Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Department of Commerce where she received several awards for service and leadership. Westbrook then served as professor and chair of leadership development at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Corporate University where her work was again recognized with an achievement award.

Westbrook now serves as dean and professor of leadership and management for the College of Leadership Development with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She is responsible for the commission-wide strategy for leadership development, executive level instruction, and consulting on strategic management issues.

Since 1898, Founders Day has honored the college’s two founders, Rufus W. Bailey and Mary Julia Baldwin. It is the first time seniors wear their caps and gowns, foreshadowing the ceremony that awaits them in just seven months. Westbrook will be a source of inspiration for seniors as they prepare to be leaders during their last year at Mary Baldwin and after they have graduated.

The event begins at 12:10 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Frederick St.