Since initiating  the campaign in 2005 with a $500,000 matching gift challenge from Bertie Murphy Deming Smith ’46, Mary Baldwin College has achieved major milestones that would not have been possible without the generous support of alumnae/i and friends. Through contributions of funds, time, and energy, our community of supporters has helped fortify MBC’s historic legacy and cut a path to the ever brightening future of this remarkable institution.

2012 marks the evolution of the campaign as it enters its final two-year phase and is personalized to best describe our journey up to this point. Remaining ever ahead of the curve, MBC has continuously innovated to provide students with a superior education in areas that meet growing needs within the local and broader communities. While we have accomplished so much, there is still substantial work left to prepare for the next phase of our legacy. Our campaign goal is to raise $80 million; we have raised nearly $60 million to-date. We ask that you support Ever Ahead: The Campaign for Mary Baldwin College as we embark on the next chapter of MBC.


MBC President Pamela Fox and Campaign Cabinet Chair Claire “Yum” Lewis  Arnold ’69 recently talked about the campaign.

President Fox: I admire so much the courageous spirit that has driven us throughout our history to extend our reach to new programs and groups of students. Our ability to remain true to our mission and change as the world changes around us is a defining characteristic of our distinguished legacy.

Yum Arnold: I completely agree. “Ever Ahead” signifies Mary Baldwin’s ability to stay one step ahead of the curve in higher education. We’ve been setting the standard in many areas for a long time.  Reflecting the trajectory of the Sigmoid curve, we have continuously envisioned and set a new trend before the last one plateaus, specifically through our Adult Degree Program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, Shakespeare and Performance program, and Graduate Teacher Education, as well as through our more recent Gateway initiative.

President Fox: We have already achieved a great deal in this campaign as we now publicly launch the final phase, or the next “curve,” if you will.  We have strengthened our core legacy in the liberal arts and sciences through 19 new and updated academic programs, elevated undergraduate student research, and enhanced global citizenship through the Spencer Center.  We have renovated 80 percent of the buildings on our historic campus, completed Phase I of the Pearce Science Center renovation, and bucked national trends by achieving record enrollment — each one of these accomplishments made possible by the campaign that keeps us ever ahead of trends in higher education.

Yum Arnold: True to our nature, we are again anticipating the future by introducing high-demand, graduate-level health sciences programs for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. We recognize that  the world has  a growing population of aging adults,  that women are the majority of healthcare professionals, and that MBC has historically enjoyed exceptionally strong  undergraduate sciences.  This next phase in our entrepreneurial evolution will build upon these strengths, take advantage of these opportunities, and will continue our trajectory.

President Fox: Yes it will. Mary Baldwin College is a place of transforming possibilities. We empower leaders who will truly change the world through their compassion and confidence.

Yum Arnold: You know as well as I that our modest endowment has historically required us to be innovative in order to continue to offer superior programs and attract quality students. As a result, we’ve created strong and unique programs that have served as models for other institutions. This innovation has become our source of strength. Alumnae/i and friends of the college appreciate the visionary leadership that Mary Baldwin continues to enjoy and are supporting this campaign to assure that our legacy of exceptional education continues to evolve with relevance to our changing world.  We want to assure that we remain ever ahead.

President Fox: Exactly, Yum. Investing in the power of this mission is an investment in MBC and the future of both our local and broader communities; we are supporting our students’ cultivation through this campaign, graduating tomorrow’s visionary leaders.