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Baldwin-Wallace College
Baldwin-Wallace College logo.png
Motto "Creating contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society." [1]
Established 1845
Type Private liberal arts college
Endowment 122,303,111 USD (2007)"America's Best Colleges 2007".  
President Richard Durst, MFA
Staff 167 full-time academic faculty, 593 non-academic staff (not including students)[2]
Undergraduates 3,850
Postgraduates 830
Location Flag of the United States.svg Berea, Ohio, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Brown and Gold             
Mascot Stinger the Yellow Jacket[3]
Athletics NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference
Affiliations United Methodist Church [4][5]

Baldwin-Wallace College is a liberal arts college in Berea, Ohio, founded in 1845. It is home to the Riemenschneider-Bach Institute and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, an internationally renowned music school.[6] The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Students receive a broad liberal arts education and focused career skills. Baldwin-Wallace College is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The college's radio station is WBWC which is well known in the Cleveland area.[7]

Baldwin-Wallace College's motto is "Creating contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society." [8]. The college's previous motto was "Quality Education with a Personal Touch," adopted in the 1980s under the tenure of President Neal Malicky. Past college mottos include "Educandis," the motto of the old German Wallace College, and "In Union There is Strength," adopted at the merger of Baldwin University and German Wallace College in 1913.

Its school colors are officially brown and gold, though in the past they adopted burgundy and teal as well as maroon and gold for its marketing literature [9].



Marting Hall, the oldest classroom building on Baldwin-Wallace's campus

Both the college and the town of Berea were founded by Methodist settlers from Connecticut. These settlers moved west after their homes were burned by the British in the Revolutionary War. The region in Northern Ohio became known as the Western Reserve (a part of which was designated the Firelands, as the state of Connecticut gave land grants to these fire victims). Among early settlers of this area was John Baldwin. Baldwin enjoyed early success in the sandstone quarry industry. He set out to found a Lyceum school, modeled after the Christian perfectionist movement championed by Robert Owen. While the Lyceum school and commune failed, Baldwin’s next school, the Baldwin Institute preparatory school, was founded in 1845. Baldwin Institute became Baldwin University in 1855. Baldwin's sense of equality led to the school accepting any student regardless of race or gender,[10] and was one of the first in the nation to do so. Moreover, Baldwin University's courses were not segregated.

The surge of German workers in Baldwin’s sandstone quarries led to the establishment of a German department in the Institute. German Methodist minister and Baldwin professor Jacob Rothweiler approached another local quarry owner, James Wallace, to establish a separate school for the German students, where courses would be taught in their mother tongue. A leader in the German Methodist Church in America, Rotheweiler also sought a place for higher learning for the waves of German immigrants to the United States.

Historic Lindsay Crossman Chapel

Rothweiler named his project after Wallace, and German Wallace College was founded in 1855. Students at both institutions were free to enroll in courses at Baldwin or German Wallace. Baldwin and Wallace were the primary benefactors to the two Berea colleges. After their deaths, and the decline of the quarry industry in Ohio, both schools came close to financial ruin. Options were thin, and the United Methodist Church considered merging the schools with the more successful Ohio Wesleyan University in 1880, to form the University of Cleveland. The University of Cleveland concept was abandoned for a more elegant solution. Baldwin University and German Wallace College merged in 1913, to form the present Baldwin-Wallace College.

After 1913, the College began building the present day campus. Under the leadership of Alfred Bryan Bonds, through much of the mid-century, Baldwin-Wallace grew to a large and well respected suburban institution. Bonds oversaw the construction of fifteen buildings on campus during his 26 year tenure. Neal Malicky's tenure as college president stabilized the college's finances and endowment, finally placing Baldwin-Wallace in financial security after years of financial struggle. Following Malicky's presidency, Mark Collier served as president for seven years, overseeing a campus master plan that has led to many major renovations on campus. In recent years the college has expanded and renovated residence halls and academic buildings. In addition, the college has purchased existing buildings in the Berea community for academic and student residential use.

Strosacker Student Union

Unlike neighboring institutions such as Kent State University and Oberlin College, Baldwin-Wallace enjoyed relative calm during the Vietnam War era. Campus culture has always been more pragmatic and inclusive instead of reactionary. However, the college made headlines in its involvement in the federal witness protection program, by producing credentials for mob informants in the 1970s. Also, the College experienced a setback in credibility when it accepted donation of paintings from the Cosla family in the 1960s. These paintings were later discredited as forgeries.

Since then, the College has positioned itself as a preparatory college for students, as many graduates pursue advanced degrees from leading institutions around the globe. The college has particular strengths in Education, Business, Musical Theatre, Music Therapy and Music Performance. B-W has also engaged in attracting a more diverse student body from nearby Cleveland, Ohio, and internationally as well.

College presidents

This list does not include acting presidents or any presidents before the two colleges combined in 1913.



Academic programs

Baldwin-Wallace offers more than 50 majors, as well as several cooperative and pre-professional programs. Evening and weekend programs include 12 majors and six certificate programs.[11] Programs lead to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music in Education, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Business Administration degrees.

The College maintains 27 academic departments leading to a bachelor’s degree. In addition to on-campus study, students also have the opportunity to broaden their horizons through a number of off-campus study programs. Liberal arts remain at the center of the academic program, but they are augmented by opportunities to explore career options and develop professional skills. BW is well known in northeast ohio for its education program, business program and Conservatory of Music. BW holds the title for the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the nation [12]. BW is also known for its Neuroscience program. Since its start in 1998, 95% of its students who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs or medical school [13]. Beyond the main campus in Berea, BW offers classes at B-W East in Beachwood, OH [14] and some courses online.

Baldwin-Wallace College became the first school in Ohio to offer a bachelor’s degree in sustainability in the fall of 2008 [15]. The creation of the sustainability major has helped shaped many of the campuses initiatives. In the fall of 2009, BW became one of the first schools in the state to install a Wind turbine on its campus [16].

International programs

Baldwin-Wallace has several international programs in which eligible upperclassman are able to participate. The university operates several of their own programs and international student exchange programs at Kansai Gaidai University (Japan), Christ University (India) and Ewha University(Korea), University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia), University of Osnabrück (Germany), York St John University (England), University of Hull (England), Webster University Vienna (Austria), Semester at Sea, and many more. B-W has faculty led trips yearly to places such as Europe, Iceland, India, Italy, Ecuador and China. As well, the college offers Domestic US themed trips such as following The Lewis and Clark trail.[17]

Outreach programs

B-W uses programs such as Upward Bound and B-W Scholars to reach and serve students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The B-W Scholars program was formally called "The Barbara Byrd-Bennett Program", named after Barbara Byrd-Bennett who established and funded the program until her departure from the Cleveland Municipal School District. Barbara Byrd-Bennett was formally the first Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Municipal School District[18]. Today the B-W Scholars Program continues under funding by the college. B-W also utilizes opportunities in the Greater Cleveland for Service-learning. Service-learning is method of teaching that provides opportunities for students to learn and develop through thoughtfully-organized service experience.[19]


Baldwin-Wallace College Athletics team logo depicting "Stinger"
George Finnie stadium, home of the Yellow Jackets

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling
  • Swimming/Diving

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming/Diving

Club & coed Sports

  • Racquetball
  • Cross Country
  • Rowing
  • Volleyball
  • La Crosse
  • Water polo
  • Paintball
  • Archery
  • Coed Soccer

The school's varsity sports teams are the Yellow Jackets. They participate in the NCAA's Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The college has long rivalries with John Carroll University and Mount Union College.

Lou Higgins Center is home to the physical education department, athletics, and recreational sports and services. The Lou Higgins Center was renovated and expanded in 2005. Beyond Varsity Athletics Baldwin-Wallace offers various club sports, Intramurals, Aerobic Classes, a Fitness Center and Weight Room.

Baldwin Wallace's football team was coached by Lee Tressel, who led the team to an undefeated record in 1978, and subsequently the NCAA Division III Championship. In 2008, the athletic turf on George Finnie Stadium was renovated and named "Tressel Field" in honor of the Tressel Family.

Perhaps the most notable B-W athlete from the 20th century was Harrison Dillard, the only male so far to win Olympic titles in both sprinting and hurdling events, in the 1948 Summer Olympics. The teams of the Sidney High School Yellow Jackets were named after Baldwin-Wallace graduate Granville Robinson became Head Coach at Sidney High School.

In 2009 after almost 20 years of use BW adopted a new logo and modified the college's mascot for the college's athletic teams [20].

Student life

Campus life and housing

Lang Hall

The College acquired a practice football field and office building from the Cleveland Browns when the team was moved to Baltimore. The office building was made into a residence hall and renamed Bagley Hall. It is reserved for students who desire a quiet, substance-free environment. Findley Hall, North Hall, and Lang Hall, the only all-female residence hall (until 2008), are also located on the northern end of campus. Lang Hall is also rumored to be haunted by the spirit of Emma Lang.

Other residence halls include Klein, Saylor, and 63 & 21 Beech which make up the freshman complex[21]. 21 Beech is also home to Freshmen Honors housing. Ernsthausen, Heritage, and Constitution, which house upper classmen and Greek organizations as there are no fraternity/sorority houses, Kohler Hall; and the Carmel Center for Living and Learning. Ernsthausen Hall, located on the southern end of campus, is the first campus residence hall in Ohio to utilize geothermal power.[22]

Kohler Hall, which houses mostly Conservatory students (although it is open to all students) has a reputation for being haunted (along with, to a lesser degree, Lang Hall). It has been featured in the book Haunted Ohio. Before becoming a residence hall, it was a hospital; first for Civil War veterans and later functioning as a mental institution.[23]

Bagley Hall, former training facility for the Cleveland Browns

B-W also offers several on-campus apartments such as Floreske, Hamilton House, The Berea Townhouses & The East Bridge Street Apartments which all house upperclassmen and international MBA students. Also, Baldwin-Wallace offers on campus houses for student groups & upperclassmen to encourage enriched learning such as the "Arts House", the "Summer Scholars Program" and the "research house". Other housing include the "Single Parents Reaching Out For Unassisted Tomorrows" or "SPROUT" program which is a comprehensive residential program which provides housing, child care, personal development & financial aid for single parents (ages 18–23) and their children [24] [25].

Kohler Hall

B-W prides itself on the many green spaces around campus, such as the North quad where residence halls and academic buildings surround a large field with sidewalks leading to many of the buildings. On warm days you can find student studying or people from the Berea community walking around. The North Quad is surrounded by buildings such as Malicky Center, Wheeler hall, The Life & Earth Science building, Campus Observatory, the Presidents house, several residence halls and the Alumni Wall. During the presidency of Alfred Bryan Bonds the Alumni Wall (located behind North hall) was created to recognize Alumni who have contributed greatly to development of the campus. The North Quad is also home to is home to a diverse tree collection, a Greenhouse, a native Ohio plants garden and a commons area (located behind Lang hall) . In 2008 B-W broke ground for the Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation. The project will further connect the Life & Earth Science building and Wilker hall. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2010. On the south end of campus, B-W has several green spaces such as Klein Field and Bonds field. The south end of campus is home to Coe Lake (located behind the Townhouses) and Wallace Lake (found in the Cleveland Metroparks) [26].

Student organizations

Baldwin-Wallace College offers over 100 clubs and organizations in which students can get involved in.[27] B-W prides itself on the ability for students to start clubs if they can’t find something in their interest.

Some of the major organizations on campus include Student Government (that budgets approximately 80 of the organizations on campus), Midnight Madness, Campus Entertainment Productions,Commuter Activity Board, and Exponent Campus Media.[28]

The campus has various diversity groups such as Allies (an LBGT related organization), Middle-Eastern Student Alliance (MESA), Hispanic-American Student Association, Black Student Alliance and Native American Student Association. In addition, Baldwin-Wallace offers organizations for almost every major at the college.[29]

Men's fraternities

Women's fraternities

Greek organizations and honor societies

The B-W campus currently has 5 fraternities, 5 sororities and numerous honoraries.[30] B-W fraternities and sororities are all housed in residence halls due to fraternity and sorority houses being banned by the City of Berea in the 1960s. Beyond fraternities and sororities the college has over 25 Honor society for various fields and areas of involvement.[31]

Community service

Beyond service-learning and various campus community services organizations. B-W offers a wide variety of service opportunities in the Berea, Greater Cleveland area, and internationally. One campus tradition is "Berea Service Day" which happens in the fall semester and is a joint service project between the city of Berea and Baldwin-Wallace. As well, B-W offers service opportunities through the college's Office of Community Outreach. Beyond offering service opportunities in the Cleveland area the Office of Community Outreach at B-W offers service opportunities nation wide and internationally through Alternative break Trips.[32]


President Barack Obama speaking at B-W's Lou Higgins center during his 2008 Presidential campaign

The campus offers many speakers throughout each school year. In 2006, in honor of former B-W President Mark H. Collier the college started "Goals of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series" which has brought renowned speakers in their respective fields in science, environmentalism and social issues. In addition, the campus has hosted speakers such as comedian Ben Stein. During the 2008 Presidential campaign the college hosted President Barack Obama and 2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain [33][34]. The last Presidential candidate to visit B-W was Ronald Reagan during George H. W. Bush's 1988 Presidential run [35].

Campus traditions

Two major B-W events are Homecoming and April Reign. Homecoming occurs during the fall semester and is a major event that brings the Berea and B-W community together. Homecoming offers a parade, football event, and a large Alumni gathering. April Reign is a series of contests and athletic events where student organizations compete in the week before finals. During the April Reign weekend, the college has hosted musical groups and singers such as Toby Keith, Maroon 5, Chingy, Josh Gracin, New Found Glory and Matt Nathanson. The event was formally known as May-Day (when the campus was on quarters). Smaller campus traditions include Berea Service day which happens in the fall semester and the White Rose Ceremony that takes place the day of commencement.[36]

Fight song

B-W Fight Song

Fight, Baldwin-Wallace
Fight, Baldwin-Wallace
First and win this game;

We‘re cheering for you,
There‘s glory for you,
We‘re on the road to fame;

And in the battle,
We‘ll prove our mettle,
We‘re loyal, square, and brave.

Vict‘ry will crown our might,
And in the breeze tonight
Our Brown and Gold shall wave!


Written by Katherin Olderman in 1928 [37]

Notable alumni and faculty

See also


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