BETHANY, W.Va. – Elizabeth Verrier, a 1996 Bethany College graduate and Vice President and Senior Counsel at American Express, will deliver the keynote address for the 31st annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on Feb. 21.
Verrier will speak at the luncheon in Benedum Commons which marks the mid-point in a full day of activities for selected high school students from throughout the country who will be competing for the elite scholarship program.
“There’s no better way to demonstrate to prospective scholars the value of a Bethany education than by introducing them to a successful alumna such as Elizabeth Verrier,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “A former Kalon Leadership Scholar herself, Elizabeth has a compelling story to share.”
Kalon Leadership Scholarship candidates are chosen based on high school leadership activities, academic performance, and a submitted essay. Students tour the campus, hear presentations from senior administrators, faculty, and current Kalon Scholars and complete the process with in-depth interviews conducted by three-member teams that include a Bethany faculty or staff member, a current Bethany student and an alumnus.
Verrier, who graduated magna cum laude from Bethany, attended Bethany on a Kalon Leadership Scholarship. In 1999, she graduated cum laude with a law degree from Pace University School of Law.
An accomplished attorney with 16 years of legal experience, Verrier now supports the Enterprise Growth division of American Express, with a focus on regulatory and consumer protection issues in emerging and alternative payment systems.
Prior to her work at American Express, Verrier served as Compliance Counsel and Chairperson for Internet payment platform Revolution Money, Inc. She has also served as Assistant General Counsel at Union State Bank, which was the largest commercial banking corporation in the Hudson Valley. Verrier began her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department, through which she prosecuted juveniles charged with gang-related crimes and narcotic offenses.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.