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Baldwin Pledges 1.5 Million for Learning Center

Story posted June 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Linda G. Baldwin, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1973, has pledged $1.5 million to establish and sustain the Baldwin Learning and Teaching Center on campus.

The Baldwin Learning and Teaching Center will provide counseling in academic skills; training in time and stress management techniques; peer tutoring; study skill development; assistance for students with different learning styles or for whom English is not their first language; and study groups for particular classes.

The center will keep faculty members apprised of new teaching strategies and techniques, incorporating recent research on how students learn. "Linda Baldwin's gift will allow students and faculty to gain indispensable skills that will enhance both learning and teaching at Bowdoin," said Bowdoin President Robert H. Edwards. "Her very generous assistance will help all of our students, whatever their academic backgrounds, to make the most of their Bowdoin education and prepare for the world beyond."

The center will be located on the main floor of Searles Hall, which will be renovated beginning this summer and is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 1999. Two complementary programs, the Quantitative Skills Development Program and the Writing Project, also will be housed in Searles.

"The accessibility of the center to a wide cross-section of both students and faculty is critical to the success of the programs which will be housed there," Baldwin said.

Baldwin, of Ross, Calif., is president of Brookside Enterprises, which invests in real estate, stocks and bonds, and which she founded; its philanthropic arm, The Brookside Foundation For Girls Sports, with operations on the East and West coasts; and a desktop publishing business, Precision Publishing.

Baldwin was among the first women admitted to Bowdoin, enrolling as a transfer student from Wheaton College in 1971. A mathematics and government major at Bowdoin, she graduated magna cum laude.

While at Bowdoin, Baldwin served as sports editor and managing editor of the student newspaper, the Bowdoin Orient; as a member of the Student Life Committee that worked with the Dean of Students to help guide Bowdoin's transition from an all-male institution to a coeducational college; as a member of the Student Executive Committee for the College's 175th year capital campaign; as an alternate on the Student Judiciary Committee; as a dormitory proctor; as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Upon graduation, Baldwin worked as an actuarial trainee at the Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. (now UNUM) in Portland, Maine. She later earned her master's degree in business administration at the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently she worked as an energy and environmental consultant in Washington, D.C.

In 1980, she began working at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco, where she held numerous positions, including manager of corporate planning, overseeing the company's budget, five-year business plan and corporate strategies for the chairman and vice chairman. Today, Baldwin has four children, Emily, 12; Nate, 10; Rebecca, 8; and Jamie, 5. She is an active volunteer at the Marin Country Day School and a coach and manager in various youth soccer leagues. Baldwin serves on the advisory board of the Women's Soccer Resource Center and the public relations committee of the board of directors of the U.S. Futsal Federation.

Baldwin will participate in a panel discussion at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library second-floor reading room. The discussion, titled "Enhancing Student Learning for Bowdoin and Beyond," is open to the public free of charge. After the discussion, Baldwin will serve as grand marshal of the procession that precedes Convocation services.

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