Senior Vice President

Sven de Jong is Senior Vice President at Bethany College. He directs external affairs programs of the College including the Center for Institutional Advancement (development, alumni & parent relations, communications & marketing, government relations, church relations, sports information, and Historic Bethany) and the Center for Enrollment (undergraduate & graduate enrollment, transfer & pre-collegiate programs, and financial aid). He serves as the senior vice president responsible for administrative facilitation/coordination for the President’s Cabinet and is a liaison for board of trustees’ relations.

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.

During his seven years as vice president, he has facilitated approximately $76 million in public and private support and supervised a recruitment program that has generated three of the top recruiting classes in the past 35 years. He is an active contributor to several publications including “Bethany Today,” “The Old Main Journal” and a variety of Bethany’s marketing publications.

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 is married to the former Elizabeth Shelly ’91.

Sven can be contacted at (304) 829-7723 or at


Executive Assistant to the President

Mort Gamble was named Assistant to the President at Bethany College shortly after the appointment of President Miller in 2007. In addition to serving a variety of support roles to the President, Mort is a major gifts officer of the College.

He has served as advancement vice president at Hood (MD) College, Fairmont State University and Waynesburg (PA) University, and served as a faculty member, grant writer, and college relations director at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Prior to Bethany, he directed the stewardship program at The George Washington University.

Mort has three degrees from West Virginia University, earning his doctorate in higher education administration in 2003. A native of Maryland, he grew up in Moorefield, W.Va.

He is married to Mary Elizabeth Yancosek Gamble, Renner Scholar & Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany College.

Mort can be contacted at (304) 829-7284 or at

Director of Church Relations

Larry Grimes began work as Director of Church Relations in July 2009. Prior to that he taught English at Bethany College for nearly 40 years.

An ordained minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ), Larry serves as pastor of Community Christian Church in Beech Bottom, WV. He is a member of the Commission on the Ministry (DOC) in West Virginia and has lectured and preached in churches across the country.

Larry earned his B.A. in English from Bethany College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, and his PhD in literature and theology from Emory University. He is an internationally known Hemingway scholar, a published poet. The Division of Higher Education of the Christian Churches (DOC) selected him to receive the T.A. Abbot Award for Teaching Excellence.

He is a native of Russellville, Indiana. For the past 39 years he has lived in the same home in Bethany with his wife, Carol Ducker Grimes ’66. They were married in Bethany Memorial Church. Their daughter, Rebecca Gostlin, is a clinical counselor in Colorado.

Larry can be contacted at (304) 558-8213 or at

Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Ashley Kanotz has had a connection with Bethany College for the past decade. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany with a degree in history in 2006. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in 19th century American history from Duquesne University in 2008.

While at Bethany, Ashley was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She held positions in their philanthropy chair and as vice president. She has worked the past three years with Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village as a tour guide. She also has done work with the local Washington County Historical Society.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys sports and especially loves watching college basketball and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ashley can be reached at (304)829-7299 or at

Director of Advancement Services

Long-time College employee Shirley Kemp has been associated with Bethany for 45 years. Shirley’s smile, wit and calm are instrumental to the success of the advancement office. Prior to coming to institutional advancement, she served the admission office for ten years. She is the “keeper” of the records, responsible for gift entry and reporting as well as monitoring data input and pulling the many lists for the Bethany community.

Outside of the office, Shirley enjoys working with Special Olympics, loves to golf and is active in the Castleman’s Run United Methodist Church. Her loyal companion is her Brittany Spaniel, Abby. Shirley can be reached at (304) 829-7485 or

Director of Communications

A 2001 graduate of Bethany College, Rebecca Rose returned to Bethany to work with the Media Relations office in 2005. She was named Director of Communications in April 2008. Rebecca graduated with a B.A. degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

She currently resides in Bethany with her husband Brian '98 who works in the Athletic Department as the Sports Information Director. Rebecca can be reached at (304) 829-7221 or

Director of Sports Information

Brian Rose is in his second stint as the Bethany College Director of Sports Information. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education (Sports Communication track) from Bethany in 1998, he was hired as the College's SID.

After leaving Bethany in 2003 to work at Carnegie Mellon and then Allegheny in the same capacity, Brian returned in 2005 to handle media relations for the Bison's 22-sport NCAA Division III athletic program. In addition to supplying the media with releases, game recaps and statistics, he is also responsible for creating all of the athletic department's publications, maintaining its web site and calling play-by-play for Bison athletic contests on select internet web casts, among other duties.

Brian and his wife, Rebecca '01, the College's Director of Communications, reside in Bethany. Brian can be reached at (304) 829-7292 or at


 Communications Assistant

A 2012 graduate of West Virginia University, Alex Koscevic began her work at Bethany College in July of 2013. She has previously worked as a producer and reporter at a local news organization, which helped prepare her for her current position. Alex graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in journalism and a minor in business.

At WVU, Alex received the honor of Top Overall Scholar in the journalism school. She was the copy desk chief of the school's newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, and was also a reporter and anchor for the school's news program, WVU News.


Alex is currently a resident of Wellsburg. She can be reached at (304) 829-7411 or  

Executive Assistant for Advancement

Judy Pyle, a Brooke County native, began her career with Bethany College in 1960 in the Business Office. In 1972, Judy started her long affiliation with the church, first in the Chaplain’s Office. Judy also plays an important role in donor relations with alumni and friends of the College and Historic Bethany.

She is the mother of two daughters, both of whom are music educators, and the proud grandmother of five grandchildren. Active in the Bethany Community, she is an Elder in the Bethany Memorial Church. Judy can be reached at (304) 829-7723 or