New team members joined Mary Baldwin’s Office of Institutional Advancement this fall, infusing the college’s fundraising office with renewed energy.
Marcell Mallette came on board in October as associate vice president of Institutional Advancement. She oversees four staff members across advancement services and will manage Baldwin Fund strategy to build momentum for the college’s annual fund drive, in addition to providing fundraising expertise on all aspects of Ever Ahead: The Campaign for Mary Baldwin University. Prior to coming to Mary Baldwin, Mallette served as a major and planned gifts officer at Paul Smith’s College in New York. Over the course of her 18-year career in higher education, she filled a number of key director-level roles in the areas of annual fund, donor relations, and alumni relations at colleges in Pennsylvania and New York. Mallette joins Mary Baldwin at a pivotal time as the college implements a new strategic plan and works to complete the Ever Ahead campaign.
“I am honored and delighted to join Mary Baldwin University as it launches Mary Baldwin 2020,” she said. “I am looking forward to partnering with my colleagues in Institutional Advancement to achieve the fundraising goals of the new strategic plan, including a successful completion of the Ever Ahead Campaign.”
Another fresh face at Mary Baldwin, Elizabeth “Liz” Lewis ’79 is thrilled to return to her alma mater as director of development. She started her position in September and supports major gifts development, meeting with and building relationships with prospective and current donors across the country. Lewis was regional director of development at Washington & Lee University, where she managed a portfolio of hundreds of alumni donors and traveled across 13 states to cultivate relationships with the institution before joining Mary Baldwin. Lewis looks forward to visiting with alumni and friends to share updates on the college.
“I’m so happy to be back at Mary Baldwin at such an exciting time in our college’s history,” she said. “I have read and heard so much about the Ever Ahead campaign, but to witness firsthand the impact that the collective generosity and vision of our community has already had is very inspiring.”
Rhonda Harwley and Gin Chandler have also joined the IA team in recent weeks. Harwley will serve as executive assistant to the vice president and comes to Mary Baldwin from Wells Fargo where she was administrative assistant to the regional president. Chandler, IA’s new database manager, previously worked for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, as coordinator of assessment and accountability.