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Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, presents Emily Baumann with the President's Award for her contributions.

Augusta University President’s Award presented to Emily Baumann

Emily S. Baumann, retired music therapist and community supporter, was recently recognized with the Augusta University President’s Award, the highest award given by the university to friends and supporters.

President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, presented the award to Baumann on Dec. 3 at the Department of Music’s Holiday Spectacular Concert. A pre-concert reception was also held in her honor.

Most recently, Baumann established the Emily S. Baumann Fund for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in 2015. This endowment makes it possible for children who otherwise would not have access to receive psychotherapy services. The fund also allows child and adolescent psychiatry fellows to receive additional psychotherapy training. Baumann pledged $1 million to this fund in 2021 during the Augusta Gives day.

A longtime supporter of the Department of Music, Baumann created the Emily Stevens Baumann Scholarship endowment in 2010 to fund scholarships and academic program needs within the Department of Music. This gift has had an immense impact on students and the department as a whole.

Baumann has given more than $1.2 million to Augusta University over the years.

“Every year, it is my great pleasure to bestow the President’s Award to a deserving individual or group that has made a remarkable impact on our institution,” Keel said during the presentation. “This year, it is my distinct pleasure to present the 2021 President’s Award to Ms. Emily S. Baumann, whose outstanding generosity has benefitted so many aspects of our institution… Thank you, Emily, for your continued dedication to our institution and for the shining example you have set for others.”

“Thank you so much to all the people that have encouraged me along the way,” said Baumann upon receiving the award. “My area was music therapy, and two years ago I decided I wanted to reach out and work for the Department of Psychiatry as well.

“The fundraising, I think, is my second hobby,” she said. “I really appreciate being associated with Augusta University. Thank you so much.”

Learn more about the Emily S. Baumann Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy fund and how to contribute.

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