BETHANY, W.Va. – Janeen Driscoll, a 1992 Bethany College graduate and public relations director for the United States Golf Association, will address the women of Bethany College’s graduating class at the 67th Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The annual event will take place Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ogden Dining Hall of Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2014.
“We are so fortunate to have Janeen Driscoll as our distinguished speaker,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “Darline Nicholson was an inspiration across generations to many Bethanians. Janeen has an impressive story to tell of her pathway to success. It will be a tremendous inspiration to our senior women as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.”
Driscoll graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She served as Senior Fellow and president of the Society for Collegiate Journalists as a Bison.
In her current role at the USGA, Driscoll publicizes 13 international championships annually. They include the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, conducted this year in Pinehurst, N.C., where she currently resides.
Her position caps a 22-year career in the communications field, one that has taken her around the globe – from Ireland to New Zealand, Iceland to Chile. Her love of travel took root at Bethany, when she spent a season abroad in Paris her junior year – a life-changing experience.
Driscoll led the corporate communications, public relations, electronic media, special events and social media efforts while at renowned Pinehurst Resort for ten years, including a successful corporate communications strategy surrounding the U.S. Open Championship, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Amateur and other championships. She also put her public relations expertise to use for the opening of a new spa, the creation of women's initiatives and other leisure events.
Beyond her career, she is actively involved in her community and industry, serving as the chair of the local board for the American Red Cross, board member for Family Promise, Society of American Travel Writers, a regent of the Moore County Leadership Institute, and other organizations.
Sponsored by the Panhellenic Council at Bethany College, the Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast dates back to 1947 and was established to honor female students, faculty and community members. In addition to Driscoll’s address, a Bethany senior will be presented the Aleece C. Gresham Award. This prize is given to a woman who has exhibited sound academic accomplishment, participated in and displayed leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities, and shown dedication and commitment to the College. All women on Bethany’s campus are invited to attend this event.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.