Donation to Mary Baldwin to Go Toward Sustainability Efforts

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Mary Baldwin College is looking for new ways to make businesses more sustainable and a newly endowed faculty chair in their business administration department will tackle the issue.

It's thanks to a $1-million donation from a former student and her husband.

Mary Beth Reed Smyth graduated in 1947 and over the years her husband was a former trustee for the college.

The money will be able to go towards projects the department deems important.

Already in the works is a campus greenhouse which will grow produce for the cafeteria and trips to spread the message of sustainability and advancement of the Sustainability Business Consulting Club.

Dr. Joseph Sprangle is the first person to hold the chair and he said the idea of sustainability is something very important right now.

“It's just becoming more of a crisis where we can't continue to use up all of those valuable resources,” said Sprangle. “Right now we don't know where else to find them. We have what's here on the Earth and we need to make sure we utilize those in the best possible manner.”

Dr. Sprangle will hold the endowed chair position for the next three years.


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