Mary Baldwin University Day


WHEREAS, on August 31, 2016, Mary Baldwin College becomes Mary Baldwin University and launches its 175th anniversary year as an innovative and forward-looking educational institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Mary Baldwin was founded as  Augusta Female Seminary in 1842, renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895, and became Mary Baldwin College in 1923; and

WHEREAS, offering its first master’s degree in 1992, Mary Baldwin has been classified as a master’s level university since 2000, now offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; and

WHEREAS, Mary Baldwin is home to the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets and a model public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin opened on a new campus in 2014 and is designed to educate superior interprofessional health care providers in high need fields for the Commonwealth, and as it is spurring economic development in a critical life sciences corridor in Augusta County; and

WHEREAS, the mission of Mary Baldwin is to empower leaders to create lives of purpose and prosperity, and its alumni serve the public good through professional and civic roles throughout the Commonwealth and the nation; and

WHEREAS, serving an exceptionally diverse student body, Mary Baldwin contributes significantly to Virginia by providing student opportunity and access to higher education, leading to lifelong success for  graduates and economic vitality for the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 31, 2016, as MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.