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Shenandoah Valley

University status results from 6 years of change by Joan Tupponce

College will officially become Mary Baldwin University on Aug. 31. “To me the sig-


nificance is not about the name change per se, but that Mary Baldwin University will accurately reflect the ongoing character of this institution,” says the university’s president, Pamela Fox. “We have been advancing the institution with a series of initiatives for the past six years, and this brings us to the point that we truly are a distinctive, small university.” Mary Baldwin,

which will mark its 175th anniversary next year, was founded as Augusta Female Semi- nary in 1842. It became Mary Baldwin College in 1923 when baccalau- reate degrees were first awarded. Long known as

a college for women, Mary Baldwin now has an enrollment of 1,700 students, including men


New York-based Handsome Brook Farm LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture-raised egg processing operation in Berryville and Clarke County. The project will create 105 jobs, making it the largest jobs announcement on record for the county. The business has committed to purchasing over $50 million in Virginia-sourced eggs over the next three years and plans to contract with more than 100 Virginia farms. Incentives included a $200,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Clarke County and Ber- ryville are matching with local funds. (News release)

Staunton Frontier LLC plans to bring retail, restaurants and lodging to a 42-acre area off U.S. 250 and Frontier Drive

fter years of planning, Mary Baldwin

and women. Its residen- tial program remains all female, but men and women participate in its online, adult and gradu- ate programs. “As we become

Mary Baldwin Uni- versity, we are serving the broadest spectrum of individuals, from certificates to doctoral programs, in class and online. We have a diverse group of stu- dents,” Fox says. Mary Baldwin has

campuses in Staunton and Fishersville as well as 11 regional locations throughout the state. As a university, it is shifting to an organizational structure that includes several colleges — the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Profes- sional Studies, and the Murphy Deming Col- lege of Health Sciences. Mary Baldwin also has the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the nation’s only all- female corps of cadets. Mary Baldwin

on land adjacent to Sheetz in Staunton. The anticipated development is across the street from another mixed-use devel- opment called Staunton Cross- ing, which has nearly 300 acres available. Ryland Winston, co- manager for Staunton Frontier, said four of the five outparcels are committed to a retailer and three restaurants. (News Leader)

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is moving forward with plans to manage the privately owned Natural Bridge and surround- ing property as one of its 37 state parks. The nonprofit orga- nization Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund purchased the 1,500-acre property in 2014 with the goal of eventually donating it to Virginia for a state park but ran into financial problems. Natural Bridge will be managed and marketed as a state park beginning Sept. 24, but the

Photo by Ian Bradshaw, courtesy Mary Baldwin College

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added doctoral programs in 2014. The first two — programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy — are offered by the Murphy Dem- ing College of Health Sciences. “We will hand out our first doctoral degree in May 2017,” says Crista Cabe, Mary Baldwin’s vice president for communication, marketing and public affairs. After the name

change, Mary Baldwin

land will not be transferred from VCLF to the state until it is debt free. (The Roanoke Times)

A Walmart store in Timberville opened in July. Timberville Town Council voted in September 2014 to allow the Bentonville, Ark., retailer to build a Supercenter at the site, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held a year later. The 126,000-square-foot store is located at the corner of New Market Road and South Main Street in Timberville. (Daily News-Record)

Nearly 500 acres in Weyers Cave have been rezoned from general agriculture to industrial after a vote from the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. Augusta County Economic Development Director Amanda Glover said without the proper zoning for the land, the county might have lost out on the

plans to announce new program initiatives, some of which will help streamline a student’s path from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree. Education students, for example, will be able to earn bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in four years. “We will also have a year-round track for earning bach- elor degrees in biology, psychology and health sciences in three years,” Fox says.

business opportunity. Currently, the land is leased, and there are people living and farming on it. (News Leader)


Maribeth Daley Herod, senior vice president of Bank of America, and Lara Major, an educational consultant, have been named to the board of Harrisonburg-based James Madison University. The follow- ing people have been renamed to the board: Michael B. Battle, CEO of BRMi; John C. Rothen- berger, founder and CEO of SE Solutions; and Michael M. Thomas, executive vice presi- dent of Booz Allen Hamilton. (News release)

Neil Houff, named to the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He is president, Houff’s Feed & Fertilizer Co. Inc., Weyers Cave. (News release)

Mary Baldwin College is preparing to change its name.


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Scot W. Marsh, named to the board of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He is presiding partner of Marsh & Legge Land Surveyors PLC in Winchester. (News release)

Faith B. Power, of Winchester, reappointed to the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commission- ers. She is a management con- sultant and professorial lecturer in human and organizational learning. (News release)

Robin Sullenberger, reap- pointed to the State Board for Community Colleges. He is the former CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. (News release)

F. Dixon Whitworth Jr., of Winchester, renamed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. He is the retired regional president, BB&T. (News release)


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