Fresh off her first regional conference for college and university alumni leaders, Elizabeth “Liz” Jennings Shupe ’70 is not wasting any time learning more about the outreach, budgeting, event preparation, and strategic planning she will oversee as director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations At Mary Baldwin. Shupe, a Lexington, Virginia, resident, was appointed to the position just a few weeks ago upon the departure of Jennifer Brillhart Kibler ’91. Shupe is energized to be part of important alumnae/i events slated for the holidays and a major fundraising campaign on the horizon.
“More than anything, the foundation in the liberal arts that I found at MBC prepared me to be flexible and to adapt. This is my latest version of adaptation,” said Shupe, who studied psychology as an undergraduate and earned her master’s degree in counseling education at University of Virginia.
After graduation from Mary Baldwin, Shupe worked with the Red Cross in Vietnam and spent a few years back on campus as assistant dean of students. She worked for many years as a career counselor at higher education institutions in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kansas while following her husband’s career opportunities. Shupe’s 10 years of service on the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors, regular Reunion participation, and continued contact with many of her former professors kept her connected with the college even though she was not always nearby.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement David Atchley brought Shupe back to her alma mater as a development officer in June 2011, and he is eager to watch her embrace her new role. She will be a critical player in meeting several important goals, including increasing alumae/i and parent participation in the current and future success of the college.
“Liz is well-respected across the generations in our alumnae/i base, and she will be very effective in helping us continue to convey the message that there is a way for each graduate to play a part in Mary Baldwin’s future,” Atchley said.