“Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College” surpassed the $29 million mark in gifts and pledges after just two years, according to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
The $52 million campaign is designed to grow the endowment, preserve and expand the historical campus, and strengthen operations, de Jong noted. It is part of a broader $68 million campus master plan “Bethany 2020” announced last spring by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.
Dr. Miller noted proudly that 100 percent of the Board of Trustees, over 60 percent of the faculty and staff, and 23 percent of alumni contributed to the campaign in the 2009-10 academic year. Alumni participation has increased from 17 to 23 percent during the past three years—12 percent above the national average.
“Bethany is a special place,” Dr. Miller said. “This support preserves our beautiful historic campus and provides the resources to provide contemporary services for the future.”
During the past three years, contributions to the College have funded a variety of projects including renovation of academic and residence hall space, enhancement of technology, establishment of an endowed student investment fund, addition of scholars and endowed chairs, and renovation/expansion of Bison Stadium and the athletic facilities.
A nationally ranked classical residential liberal arts college, Bethany is the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia and the 68th oldest private college in the nation.