When Maria Cerminara Acar ’82 was a rising junior at Mary Baldwin, she earned the opportunity to intern at the ABC Network headquarters in New York City during the summer. Back then it wasn’t a paid position, but the experience counted for a lot — the internship was her first glimpse of corporate life. It also came with a few perks.
“On a somewhat frivolous note, it was fun meeting network stars that summer,” Acar remembers, “particularly the cast of General Hospital, a show many of my friends and I were addicted to back then in the ‘Luke and Laura’ days.”
Acar went on to find professional success in New York, a city she has called home for most of her life. She recently retired from a 22-year career at L’Oréal USA as a vice president of marketing in the professional products division.
Generously devoting her time, leadership, and support to Mary Baldwin as volunteer campaign chair for MBU Empowers, Trustee, and dedicated donor, Acar reflects on what the university means to its students, both then and now.
“Mary Baldwin helped prepare me for the road ahead after graduation in both my professional and personal life, and for this I am forever grateful.”