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Dean Pamela Fox named president at Mary Baldwin College

04/03/2003

Pamela Fox, dean of Miami University's School of Fine Arts, has been named president of Mary Baldwin College, a private university with a main campus in Staunton, Va. and five regional centers throughout Virginia.

Fox, who will take office July 1, is only the 9th president of the college. She succeeds Cynthia H. Tyson, who is retiring after 18 years in the post.

Miami officials expressed regret at the loss of Fox, who has served as dean since 1998 and who has had wide-ranging responsibility for strategic planning at the university. Among other responsibilities, Fox has served as special assistant to the provost and as chair of the 2009 Coordinating Council.

Miami President James C. Garland called her a “remarkable administrator” and said her new presidency is appropriate recognition of her outstanding leadership. “She leaves our School of Fine Arts in excellent shape, with an integrated strategic arts plan that is one of the most innovative in America. We will all miss our good friend and we all wish her the very best in her new career," he said.

Miami Provost Ronald Crutcher called Fox has “the principal architect” in developing a vision for integrating the arts at Miami and said under her stewardship the School of Fine Arts has grown stronger in quality and national reputation. “Although I am saddened that Miami will be losing Pamela's remarkable talents, I am at the same time very happy for her personally and professionally. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be an outstanding college president,” said Crutcher.

Louise R. McNamee, vice chair of the board of trustees of Mary Baldwin College and head of the search committee, described Fox as “thoughtful, passionate, energetic and caring. Her presence conveys those attributes immediately-and that’s enormously beneficial in this position.”

Fox said she was honored to join Mary Baldwin. “With great energy and optimism, we will look ahead together to ensure the excellence of Mary Baldwin’s traditions while fostering innovations in consonance with the college’s entrepreneurial visions. Education for traditional-age and for even younger, gifted women at Mary Baldwin is joined by exceptional programs for adult men and women, the only all-female cadet corps in the world, and outstanding graduate programs to constitute a unique constellation of opportunities.”

Fox began her Miami career as an instructor of music in 1982. She served as associate dean of the School of Fine Arts and as chair of the music department before being named dean in 1998. She received her undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

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