Head of Adult, Graduate Programs to Depart

After nearly eight years of service at Mary Baldwin, Nancy Krippel, dean of adult and graduate studies and associate dean of the college, will become Provost of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Krippel, who plans to depart in July, joined MBC in 2003 as dean of adult and graduate studies and associate professor of English. In 2009 she was also named associate dean of the college.

Nancy Krippel

During her tenure, Krippel provided leadership for the ongoing development of the Adult Degree Program (ADP), graduate programs, summer programs, as well as the college’s corporate training initiative, LearnInc. She also carried overall responsibility for distance learning, program planning and assessment, budgeting, marketing, admissions, recruiting and evaluating faculty and staff, maintaining academic standards, and formulating policy.

As former executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, Krippel was able to open Mary Baldwin’s South Boston Regional Center less than a year after she began work at the college.

“When I came here I planned to open an office in South Boston; there was a gap in the educational opportunities available at the center that we could fill,” she said. “It has been very successful in the community and for the college.”

In the years that followed, MBC further expanded the ADP regional centers to include Rappahannock Community College in Glenns and Thomas Nelson Community College in Williamsburg. In 2007, the college also signed an agreement guaranteeing admission and full transfer of credit between MBC and all Virginia community colleges.

In her new position, Krippel will provide programmatic leadership for Brenau Women’s College; undergraduate programs online and at regional campuses; the graduate programs; and Brenau Academy, an early-college program.

Krippel earned her master’s degree and PhD in English from Loyola University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in English and secondary education from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Illinois. She previously served as associate provost and director of graduate studies at Longwood University, and dean for academic affairs at her alma mater, Barat College (now a part of Chicago-based DePaul University).

Krippel is excited to begin this new chapter of her life, but said “it is bittersweet as I will miss MBC, the people with whom I have had the privilege to work, and the students whom the programs serve. MBC is an exceptional college and I will carry it with me to my new life.”


Morgan Alberts Smith '99 is the web producer and social media manager for MBC's Office of Communication, Marketing, and Public Affairs.