Sven de Jong

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Sven de Jong is Interim President of Bethany College. Prior to being named Interim President Sven served as Senior Vice President, with duties including directing external affairs programs of the College, including the Center for Institutional Advancement (development, alumni & parent relations, communications & marketing, , government relations, church relations, and Historic Bethany) and the Center for Enrollment (undergraduate & graduate enrollment, transfer & pre-collegiate programs, and financial aid).

A 1995 graduate of Bethany, he returned to his alma mater in 2005 to lead the external affairs functions of the College.   A native of Maryland, he earned a B.A. in International Economics and German and a minor in International Relations. While at Bethany he was recognized with The Francis O. Carfer Prize as the Outstanding Senior.   He earned his M.S. in Non-profit Management from Eastern University.

Prior to working at Bethany, Sven spent more than eight years in corporate financial services and served as Director of Major and Planned Gifts for West Liberty State College. For seven years he served as the Mayor of the Town of Bethany and was a member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department for fifteen years.  In 2012 Sven was named “40 under 40 - Generation Next in West Virginia” by the State Journal. He serves on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee of the Neighborhood Academy, a college-preparatory academy located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which focuses on breaking generational poverty by preparing youth for higher education.

He is married to Elizabeth Shelly de Jong ’91.