Augusta Female Seminary thrived under Mary Baldwin and Anges McClung's leadership. Baldwin took on the curricular responsibilities while McClung managed domestic matters. Baldwin's leadership ushered in the golden age, beginning in 1866 and concluding with her death in 1897. When she acquired the school in 1863, there were 80 students, one building, almost no furniture or equipment, capital or staff. At the end of the golden age in 1897, when Baldwin passed away, there were 250 students, five buildings, financial stability, and competent faculty. By that time, the seminary was considered one of the finest educational institutions for women in the South. Without her vision and her foresight, the university would not exist today. Your gift celebrates a truly remarkable leader and 175 years of commitment to academic excellence.