BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany students acquired invaluable insight on career pathways and leadership during a panel presentation, offered as part of the College’s 2011 Fall Convocation activities. Following the September 8 Opening Ceremony, speakers representing diverse backgrounds teamed up to offer their insights.
Gregory B. Jordan, global managing partner at Reed Smith, one of the world’s largest law firms, served as moderator for the panel. During his ten-year tenure as Managing Partner, Reed Smith has completed a series of combinations in Europe, California, New York, Chicago, the Middle East, and Asia, to become one of the largest firms in the world, with more than 1600 lawyers in 23 offices around the globe.
A 1981 Bethany College graduate, Jordan was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws during the Opening Convocation earlier in the day.
The seminar featured a host of established business leaders, with backgrounds and experience throughout the world.
Elizabeth A. Flanagan, Vice President for Development and University Relations at Virginia Tech and Executive Vice President of the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc., has been leading its advancement efforts since 2000. She stands at the helm of the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the university’s history, publicly launched in October 2007 with a $1B goal. Before joining Virginia Tech, Flanagan, a 1974 Bethany grad, was Assistant Vice President for Development and Director of Individual Major and Planned Gifts for the University of Virginia during its $1.4B Capital Campaign. A former Vice President at SunTrust Bank in Richmond, Flanagan managed its management training and organizational development programs, as well as the high-net worth unit in Personal Trust.
Michael G. Zamagias has built a successful network of businesses offering services in commercial real estate development, leasing and property management, student housing, healthcare technology, banking/finance, and energy development.
Zamagias entered the real estate business in his early twenties as a residential salesperson. In 1984, Zamagias moved to Pittsburgh, and founded his own company that, in 1987, became Zamagias Properties. In 1988, Zamagias launched his signature deal at Robinson Town Centre-a 766-acre, mixed-use, $500-million, three-phase development ideally located between downtown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport on Routes 60 and 22/30 in Robinson Township. Partnering with Forest City Enterprises and the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, Zamagias helped orchestrate a brand-new major market area with the three phases. Phase I-”The Plaza at Robinson Town Centre”, Phase II-”The Pointe at North Fayette” and Phase III- ”The Mall at Robinson”. In 2009, Zamagias partnered with Bethany College to entirely renovate the interior of Cochran Hall into a 72-bed, apartment-style, state-of-art dormitory.
David Egan, Chief Marketing Officer for Reed Smith, is responsible for branding, marketing, business development and sales initiatives. A 1979 Bethany graduate, Egan is a veteran of the advertising agency business, and has led the branding initiatives of companies such as Nationwide Insurance, Digital Equipment Corporation, PNC Bank, Heinz, Blue Cross Blue Shield, PPG Industries, Rust-Oleum Paints, Zippo Manufacturing and Hershey.