The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is about the future of Mary Baldwin, its students, and the community. In June 2014, MBC opened 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, master of science physician assistant studies, and a bachelor of nursing degree completion offering.

The original undergraduate research taking place in Pearce Science Center has always been innovative and dynamic. 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 support the Baldwin Fund, our ongoing fundraising effort. The impact of undesignated giving is present in everything from the educational resources for our students to much-needed building maintenance and improvements.

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.

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

The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS), named in honor of lead donor Bertie Murphy Deming Smith ’46, opened in June 2014 and welcomed the first classes for the doctor of physical therapy and doctor of occupational therapy programs. A master of science in the physician assistant program will launch in 2015, along with a bachelor of science in nursing degree completion offering for registered nurses. The new state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility is located on a hilltop campus in Fishersville, VA, and boasts innovative cross-disciplinary curricula to better prepare students as compassionate and skilled health care practitioners. 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 phased renovation plan and completed the first phase in December 2011. Plans are ready for the next 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 revenue — supports all areas of the college, from funding student scholarships and financial aid to providing important academic resources and technology. These gifts help to bring the best and brightest students to MBC as well as enrich their experiences here. Touching every aspect of the college, the Baldwin Fund helps preserve the historic main campus and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Please make your gift online today, or contact Marcell Mallette at 540-887-7388 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. Examples include the Spencer Center for Civic & Global Engagement Endowment, which supports study abroad and civic engagement scholarships for students, and more; and the Summer Research Fellows Endowment, which funds undergraduate student research. 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 $750,000 for the renovation of the Alumnae House. Please contact Sherri Mylott at 540-887-7386 or for more information.

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