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 June 16, 2014. The health sciences college welcomes the first classes for the doctor of physical therapy and doctor of occupational therapy programs. A master of science in physician assistant studies program will launch in 2015, along with an bachelor of science in nursing degree completion online offering for registered nurses. The new state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility is located on a hilltop campus in Fishersville, VA. MDCHS’ innovative curricula are built on the principles of interprofessional education, crossing disciplines to better prepare students as compassionate and skilled 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 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. 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 Janet Hogg at 540-255-5840 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