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The Hollins Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places

Batten Challenge for Scholarships

Hollins has accepted a challenge from philanthropist and alumna Jane Parke Batten '58 of Norfolk to raise $5 million by December 2013 in order to receive a matching grant of the same amount. Successfully meeting the challenge will enhance the funding of scholarships for students who wish to attend Hollins and participate in the university's Batten Leadership Institute; scholarships for current Hollins students who want to earn a Certificate in Leadership Studies; and scholarships for other deserving students.



Campaign Cabinet

Much of the success of the Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places is attributable to a strong, committed, and involved campaign cabinet chaired by Wyndham Robertson. Every single member contributed in ways large and small.



Wyndham Robertson '58, chair
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Robertson has been a trustee for 31 years, including a term as chair of the board. She was the first female vice president in the 16 campus UNC system, and was an editor of both Fortune and Time magazines. Robertson worked and traveled tirelessly throughout the eight years of the campaign and jumpstarted the fundraising with a challenge to her fellow trustees to raise an unprecedented $3 million in three weeks to establish an endowed chair in honor of President Nora Bell upon her death in 2004. She graciously shared her time, intelligence, savvy, skills, Rolodex, chutzpah, and pocketbook to suggest, plead, ask, wheedle, and cajole alumnae and others to support Hollins. Fortunately for Hollins, not many could turn her down. She also gave generously to the campaign, focusing on her passion, endowment. Hollins has bestowed numerous awards, including the Hollins Medal, on Robertson, and the Class of 2009 invited her to be their commencement speaker.


Jane Parke Batten '58 and Frank Batten, honorary chairs
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jane Batten and her husband, Frank, who passed away in 2009, supported Hollins throughout the campaign with gifts exceeding $12 million. Their generosity created the Batten Scholars, the Batten Leadership Institute, the Batten Chair in Leadership, and the Batten Tennis Center. Jane kicked off the post campaign period in April 2010 with a $5 million challenge gift to maintain the momentum and raise money for scholarships. The Batten family has had a close relationship with Hollins for more than 80 years. Dorothy Martin, Frank’s mother, attended Hollins in the early 1920s, and the Battens' daughter, Dorothy, graduated in 1985. Frank Batten served three terms on the Hollins Board of Trustees between 1969 and 1991.


Boyce Lineberger Ansley '68
Atlanta, Georgia

A Hollins legacy many times over, Ansley served 26 years as a trustee and has received many awards recognizing her contributions as a Hollins and a community volunteer. She has been a leader in the historic preservation movement, serving on the boards of the Atlanta Preservation Center and the Trust for Public Land in Georgia. She was awarded the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2008 as she was beginning a three-year term as regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. She supported the campaign by hosting events, calling on donors, and participating in the $5 million challenge. Ansley also served on the Leadership Committee during the 1992-97 campaign.


Clark Hooper Baruch '68
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Immediate past chair, Baruch has been a trustee since 2005. During that time she clocked thousands of miles traveling on behalf of Hollins to meet with donors and host alumnae events. She was also a valuable resource in planning the 2010 1842 Society weekend in Philadelphia. Her monetary support of the campaign was focused primarily on endowment, scholarships, financial aid, and the Hollins Fund. A retired senior executive with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Baruch serves on many corporate and investment fund boards. She will co-chair the trustees’ committee on development for the next year. (Baruch was profiled in the summer 2010 Hollins magazine.)


Sandra Frazier '94
Louisville, Kentucky

Frazier, a Hollins history major with a master of science in mass communication and public relations from Boston University’s College of Communication, is the youngest member of the Hollins Board of Trustees. She is founder and CEO of Tandem Public Relations, LL C of Louisville, Kentucky, and a director of Louisville based Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies. She is involved in many civic activities in Louisville and currently co-chairs the Louisville Zoo’s campaign to raise $29 million for an Arctic wilderness exhibition. Frazier’s support of the Hollins campaign included a $2 million pledge to the history department for an endowed academic chair named for Professor Ruth Doan and endowments for student/faculty research and faculty salaries.


William R. Johnston
Bradenton, Florida

Retired president of the New York Stock Exchange (1996-2002), Johnston is married to Hollins alumna Elizabeth Moore Johnston '62. He served as a Hollins trustee for seven years, and as a graduate of Washington & Lee University, has long practiced and advocated for parity in married couples' giving to their colleges. He has been particularly supportive of Hollins' internship program and in recent years in giving to the Emergency Tuition Fund through the Hollins Fund. Prior to serving as president of the NYSE, he was senior managing director of LaBranche & Co. and chair and CEO of Agora Securities, Inc. which he founded. He grew up on Wall Street; his father was a trader and Johnston recalls making his first trade at age 14.


Alexandra Trower Lindsey '86
New York, New York

A new trustee, Lindsey was invited to join the board after serving three years with distinction on the Alumnae Association Board. She is the executive vice president for global communications for Estee Lauder Corporation in New York. She and her husband, Jonathon, hosted the New York City J-term party in January 2010 and 2011. Her campaign commitment included a generous four-year commitment to undesignated endowment and the Hollins Fund.


Lisa Valk Long '72
Cashiers, North Carolina

Long, a former Hollins trustee, retired as executive vice president of Time, Inc. in 2001. From 1995 to 2001, Long held various management positions at Time, Inc., including publisher of Life and People magazines and president and publisher of Time. She and her husband, David Long, chaired Hollins' 1992 1997 capital campaign. She supported both campaigns generously with her time and financial resources. Long serves on the board of directors of Steelcase, Inc., Belk, Inc., and the J.M. Smucker Company. The Longs' giving to the campaign was primarily for the Hollins Scholars program, quasi endowment, and the Hollins Fund.

Lorimer and Ellis

Linda Koch Lorimer '74 and Charley Ellis
New Haven, Connecticut

Lorimer, a Hollins trustee, is vice president and secretary of Yale University. She was associate provost at Yale, the youngest person ever to hold that position, from 1983 to 1987, and president of Randolph-Macon Woman's College from 1987 to 1993. She also served as the chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Women's College Coalition. She is a trustee of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Inc. and a director on a number of corporate boards. She and her husband, Charley, a widely published investment strategist, supported the campaign in numerous ways, including making their own generous gifts, advising, and soliciting other major donor prospects. Lorimer also helped raise funds for her 35th class reunion gift.


Brooke Morrow '78
Memphis, Tennessee

Morrow, a principal partner in NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. a Memphis, Tennessee, investment company, received an M.B.A degree from the Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She was a Hollins trustee for 14 years, serving as vice chair of the board, chair of the committee on financial affairs, and chair of the search committee for the tenth president, Nora Kizer Bell. She was presented the Hollins Medal in 2003. She supported the campaign generously with gifts to endowment, faculty salaries, scholarships, a renovation of Barbee Guest House, emergency tuition assistance, and the Hollins Fund. She also has hosted events, including one post campaign on September 30, made calls, and brought guidance counselors to Hollins.


Kay Massey Weatherspoon '54
and Van L. Weatherspoon

Charlotte, North Carolina

Kay was a trustee for 12 years and was named Hollins' first emeritus trustee upon her retirement from the board in 2007. She was awarded the Hollins Medal for her outstanding work and support of her alma mater. She is also active in the Charlotte community, serving on the boards of the Crisis Assistance Ministry, the Charlotte Museum of History, the Charlotte Latin School Board, and numerous other church, school, and club organizations. She and her husband, Van, president of the Weatherspoon Group, a commercial real estate development firm in Charlotte, prefer to make most of their gifts without fanfare, so we can only say that their generosity has touched every corner of Hollins, and they have an uncanny knack at identifying an immediate need and addressing it immediately—and quietly.


Suzanne Smith Whitmore '60
Sherwood, Maryland

A trustee since 2003, Whitmore was elected chair at the May 2010 meeting. She has been her class fund chair for many years and led classmates to a record setting $391,000 class gift to the Hollins Fund for their 50th reunion, capturing awards for both amount raised and participation. Whitmore's love is landscaping and as past chair of the buildings and grounds committee and a generous donor, she has influenced many projects to beautify the campus. Whitmore also hosted several events and provided invaluable direction in planning the 1842 Society weekend in her hometown of Chicago in 2009.