Mary Baldwin University invites applications and nominations for
its tenth President.
A distinctive small, private university enrolling 1,957 students,
Mary Baldwin University fulfills its mission by providing
undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse
population of women and men. The university is organized into three
academic colleges and offers more than 40 programs of study
supported by traditional classroom teaching, online, and work
experience. Mary Baldwin emphasizes high ethical standards and the
development of critical, creative, and reflective reasoning as the
foundation for fulfilling and meaningful lives in the fast-changing
Mary Baldwin offers an authentic learning community committed to
diversity and inclusivity. Programmatic experiences designed to
build community and a sense of belonging are an essential part of a
Mary Baldwin education. Professors, advisors, and staff members are
dedicated to providing consistent, customized support to equip
students with skills, experience, confidence, and career-oriented
credentials. Across all programs, Mary Baldwin recognizes the need
for students to achieve successful careers and financial stability.
As a result, the university has been consistently recognized as one
of the nation's top colleges for promoting social mobility by
U.S. News & World Report
Mary Baldwin is located in Staunton, Virginia, known for its
historic architecture and culturally vibrant downtown. Named among
Smithsonian Magazine's "20 Best Small Towns in America," Staunton
is also in the heart of Virginia's Education and Technology
Corridor and home to a thriving nonprofit and business community
and advanced health care facilities.
Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin has provided life-changing education
in response to and anticipation of societal and global changes.
Rooted in the belief that education is a key to transforming the
lives of students, their families, communities, and society at
large, throughout its history, the university has made bold
strategic changes to enable it to fulfill this mission of service.
Founded as a women's college, in the past decade, the university
successfully converted to coeducation, achieved university status,
expanded graduate programs, and inaugurated the Murphy Deming
College of Health Sciences, which has achieved stunning results in
a few short years.
The next president must continue to advance the institution's
evolutionary development to maintain and enhance the university's
ability to sustain its critical mission in a world of change. Mary
Baldwin seeks an innovative and accomplished leader who will
possess the vision and the will to challenge the university
community to take the bold steps needed to meet the realities of
higher education in the 21st century and propel the university to a
successful and sustainable future. The ideal candidate will:
• Demonstrate the courage and the ability to make bold choices.
Exhibit a record of entrepreneurial innovation, creativity,
calculated risk-taking, strategic decision-making, and success in
execution. Understand that decisions must be data-driven and based
on a deep understanding of Mary Baldwin's circumstances and
• Possess the skills and inclination to develop networks and
relationships necessary to bring significant change to fruition in
a complex organization.
• Demonstrate strategic agility; able to inspire, hold others
accountable, show courage of conviction, and patience with a finely
tuned sense of timing.
• Communicate with skill, sincerity, and empathy. Listen, learn
from others, and directly communicate intentions and decisions with
logic, respect, and honesty. Value students' well-being and
personal development and show respect for the faculty and other
members of the Mary Baldwin community.
• Exhibit success in fundraising and partnership building.
• Possess strong financial acumen and a keen understanding of sound
• Demonstrate a commitment to and track record of advancing
diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and an ability to
inspire others to join the mission.
• Show enthusiasm and skill for engaging with others, including the
Mary Baldwin community, local and regional organizations and
leaders, and national organizations that share the values and
mission of the university.
• Possess a thorough understanding of governance, the fiduciary
role of the board, and as appropriate, the value added by the
experience and insights of the faculty and staff.
More information about Mary Baldwin University, the leadership
agenda for the next president, and how to apply is provided in the
search profile, available for download at:
Academic Search is assisting Mary Baldwin University with the
presidential search. To arrange a confidential conversation with a
member of the consulting team, Sharon Herzberger, Jay Lemons, or
Jennifer Kooken, please contact MBUPresident@academicsearch.org
Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest may be
submitted in confidence to MBUPresident@academicsearch.org
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but
only those received by Sunday, January 8, 2023
, can be
assured full consideration.
Mary Baldwin University values diversity and is committed to
equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color,
disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other
status protected by law.