A Response to Jane Miller’s Letter from 2/1
Our leadership group has received and reviewed the email from Jane Harding Miller today. In addition, we received a request from Mary Baldwin University to cease and desist use of the Boldly Baldwin mark. We will rebrand immediately. Having both foresight and integrity, our legal team spoke to an intellectual property attorney in December. He advised us that we may continue to use the mark until MBU asks us not to. Jane Harding Miller and her board have now asked us not to, three days before Summit, in an attempt to undermine our credibility and try to insinuate lack of strong leadership. We knew this was a possibility – we just hoped it wouldn’t come to this. To send a cease and desist letter three days before we are scheduled to convene on campus for peaceful and productive conversation is an underhanded and shallow attempt at distraction, and nothing more.
We know why we are going to Mary Baldwin this Friday. We know why we are taking over 2,000 of you with us in spirit.
We are traveling to Mary Baldwin this weekend because we love our alma mater, we love the sisterhood we have been encouraged to foster, and we want to see the school succeed under competent and transparent leadership. To suggest that we would discourage young women from attending a school that so heavily shaped all of our lives is a childish insult hurled by a committee which obviously does not believe in working together toward a new solution. Let me hear your battle cries, ladies.
WE WANT WOMEN TO ATTEND MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY.
WE WANT TO HELP WOMEN ATTEND MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY.
WE WANT TO GIVE OUR TIME, OUR RESOURCES, AND OUR MONEY TO MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY.
But we want to do it after we have answers to pressing financial questions. We want to do it knowing that we can trust the leadership of our President and Board of Trustees. We want to do it knowing for certain that our time, our talent, and our treasure will be used to support a sustainable residential program for women, and ONLY women.
We will continue to Boldly Lead. Because that’s what Mary Baldwin University taught us to do.