Announcement of Crista Cabe’s Resignation

January 16, 2017

Mary Baldwin University announced today that Senior Vice President for External Affairs Crista Cabe is resigning from the university effective immediately.

Cabe is a nationally respected communicator and leader. As a valued colleague, she has dedicated her career to Mary Baldwin for the past 29 years. In 1988 her first position was as executive director of alumnae activities and subsequently as director of advancement services. Prior to her work in communication, marketing, and public affairs, she served as interim vice president for institutional advancement in 2003–04. Cabe crafted a legacy of influence in transformational periods of the institution, spanning her role as lead spokesperson through the national controversy that created the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership to the recent rebranding and conversion to a university. She has been a passionate public voice for Mary Baldwin, and she received the Marketer of the Year Award in the 2016 EMMA ceremonies.

“We’re deeply grateful for her wisdom and guidance throughout her tenure and we will miss her sage institutional wisdom and the daily warmth of her friendship. Crista has made an enduring mark on Mary Baldwin,” said MBU President Pamela Fox.

“I have enormous affection and respect for my friends and colleagues in the Mary Baldwin community and for the university itself,” Cabe said. “I am particularly proud of the External Affairs team and feel privileged to have worked so well and so closely with them. They rank with the best in the country at what they do.  I wish everyone all the best and great success for MBU as it embarks on a new chapter.”

Board of Trustees Member and Communications Chair Karen Bailey-Chapman will serve as interim vice president for external affairs for the university on a pro bono basis while the school conducts a search for Cabe’s replacement. Bailey-Chapman can be reached at 202-465-4318 and at