Clare Eakin, MBU's new director of alumni engagement When Clare Eakin was 17 years old she dreamed of working at Mary Baldwin. Her family had just moved to Staunton, and she hoped one day she would find a place at the school on the hill. Years later her dream is now a reality as she was recently named MBU’s new Director of Alumni Engagement.

Eakin earned her bachelor’s degree from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom, with a double major in education and theology.

After graduation, she worked in various related fields including as an elementary school teacher and at a library. Eakin is no stranger to higher education. Her two most recent posts prior to joining MBU were as Director of Stewardship and Donor Engagement at the University of Virginia, and as Assistant Director of Donor Stewardship at James Madison University, respectively.

Mary Baldwin’s Vice President for University Advancement, Brooke Herndon, expressed her excitement for Eakin joining the team.

“She has a passion for working with people and has a great deal of experience in the areas of volunteer management and fundraising,” Herndon said. “I am happy that we can help fulfill her dream of coming to Mary Baldwin.”