The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is about the future of Mary Baldwin, its students, and the community. In 2014, MBC will open the doors to a state-of-the-art facility on a beautiful hilltop campus. Initial programs are slated to include doctor of physical therapy, doctor of occupational therapy, and master of physician assistant studies.

The original undergraduate research taking place in Pearce Science Center has always been innovative and dynamic. Recent renovations have started to elevate the condition of the 40-year-old building to match the distinction of its scholars.

As one of the most critical sources of funding for day-to-day operations at the college, unrestricted gifts are considered part of the Baldwin Fund, our ongoing fundraising effort. The impact of undesignated giving is present in everything from the resources we have for recruiting students to much-needed building maintenance.

Gifts to endowed funds keep on giving. Endowments for our Summer Research Fellows Program and Spencer Center for Civic Engagement provide two new ways to support current and future generations of Mary Baldwin students.

Once a vibrant center for alumnae/i activity on campus, renovation plans for the historic Alumnae House include remodeling its interior spaces and grounds to again accommodate special events and overnight guests. Establishing an endowment for the house will ensure that significant repairs and projects can be completed as needed.

The first impression our campus makes on a prospective student is so important. Painting, signage, lighting, and the general appearance of our signature buildings make a difference. Supporting campus enhancements helps us put our best face forward.

Murphy Deming College of
Health Sciences

Plans are underway to build the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences named in honor of lead donor, Bertie Murphy Deming Smith ’46. By 2014, the college plans to launch two new graduate disciplines: doctor of physical therapy and doctor of occupational therapy, and by 2015 master of physician assistant studies — all in a state-of-the-art facility on a hilltop campus in Fishersville, VA. MDCHS will add 50 faculty and staff positions and 300 students to the Mary Baldwin community, generating an annual net income of $4.5 million by 2019–20 . Construction begins in Spring 2013.To support MDCHS, please contact Tamara Ridenour at 540-255-5802 or

Pearce Science Center

The Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science Center has served students for more than 40 years and is home to their collaborative research in a variety of cutting-edge fields. Recognizing that the building was in need of updates, the college prepared a multi-phase renovation plan and completed the first phase in December 2011. Plans are ready for the next and final phase of the renovation, which will ensure students benefit from modern laboratories and equipment.To support the Pearce renovation project, contact Tamara Ridenour at 540-255-5802 or

Unrestricted Support

The Baldwin Fund — annual unrestricted support for the college — isn’t just a financial contribution; it’s an investment of trust. By giving unrestricted funds, you demonstrate faith in the college to use those funds wisely, both sustaining and propelling MBC forward. These gifts improve recruiting processes to bring the best and brightest students to MBC, are used to purchase instructional materials and equipment, fund building repairs to ensure safety and comfort for our students, faculty, and staff, and preserve small services like free student printing, and much more. To make your gift, please contact Brian Yurochko at 540-887-7385 or


When you make an endowed gift, your contribution is invested with and becomes part of our endowment. An annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. You can give to an endowment you create, or you can contribute to one of MBC’s established endowments. One example is the Spencer Center for Civic & Global Engagement Endowment, which supports study abroad and civic engagement scholarships for students, and more. With additional support, MBC hopes to create an endowment for the undergraduate research program, Summer Research Fellows.To create or support an endowment, contact Tamara Ridenour at 540-255-5802 or

Alumnae House

The home for MBC’s esteemed community of alumnae/i is in need of a renovation for a sustainable and vibrant future. The Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors is partnering with the college to raise $1 million to fund the $750,000 renovation and create a permanent endowment for the Alumnae House. To support the Alumnae House renovation, please contact Janet Peacock at 540-255-5840 or

Campus Enhancements

Preserving the beauty of MBC’s campus and providing the occasional enhancement is not just important for day-to-day operations. It sends a message to both the college and broader community that we care for and value all of our resources. To support campus enhancements such as signage, lighting, and repairs, contact Tamara Ridenour at 540-255-5802 or