Conflict of Interest Update

Last week, Boldly Baldwin, Inc., called for the immediate resignation of Karen Bailey-Chapman from either the position of pro bono interim Vice President of External Affairs or from her position on the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees. The demand, made on behalf of the considerable alumnae the nonprofit represents, was made via email to the Board of Trustees and Ms. Bailey-Chapman, as well as through Letters to the Editor to several local newspapers.

To the best of our knowledge, Mary Baldwin University, the Board of Trustees, and Ms. Bailey-Chapman have not responded to the call for resignation, in any form.

We remain committed to pressing Mary Baldwin University and the Board of Trustees to a response in this matter. It is imperative that Karen Bailey-Chapman ceases to operate in these dual roles. This appointment is clearly in violation of the University’s Articles of Incorporation, which state that the Board of Trustees has the duty to protect the university from conflicts of interest, or the appearance thereof. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Bailey-Chapman’s role is to make legal and fiduciary decisions in the best interest of the University, as well as guide the University in her strategic goals. It is not difficult to see how a conflict of interest may arise should Ms. Bailey-Chapman serve as both a member of the Board of Trustees and a member of the University’s Administration.

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