The College has recently announced a transformative five-year, $52
million campaign to secure the future of Bethany and to incrementally raise
alumni giving from 17 percent to 35 percent. The time is now to recognize
the impact of a first-rate liberal arts education upon your lives.
Never has it been more vital to support your alma mater. While Bethany
remains dynamic and vibrant, its mountaintop location does not insulate
it from national trends affecting small liberal arts institutions
such as ours. Among them are endowments impacted by troubled financial
markets, pending retirements of “boomer” faculty with
higher costs of hiring their successors, vital “green”
initiatives critical for the future of our planet but costly to implement
in the start-up phase and more. In addition, while our 168-year-old
campus with its six buildings on the National Register of Historic
Places is a source of tremendous pride, it requires costly maintenance
to properly showcase the College’s heritage.
As I travel throughout the region and beyond—to places such
as Atlanta and Chicago, where many Bethanians live and work—I
continually hear comments such as, “Bethany College—great
school.” Perhaps we suffer from an abundance of humility, but
I often think we in liberal arts colleges do not trumpet our outcomes
and successes loudly enough.
Now is the time to signal your strong support to other vital funding
sources, including foundations and corporations, that we are not only
committed to the future of Bethany College, but also, dedicated to
its continued excellence.
Your gift to Bethany College can and will make a difference in the
lives of current and future students. If each of our approximately
10,000 living alumni were to give just $100 a year, the result would
be another one million dollars to fund scholarships ensuring access
and affordability to future Bethanians who could benefit from a world-class
Since the College’s founding in 1840, more than 22,000 alumni
have gone forth to become national and international leaders. They
include a World Court justice, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist,
Oscar Award winning actress, president of Global Wealth Management
division for an international investment firm with client assets in
excess of $1.6 trillion - the largest business of its kind in the
world, director of the National Cancer Institute, senior vice president
for Corporate Communications of a world-famous Fortune 500 electronics
company and global managing partner of one of the 15 largest law firms
in the world – to name just a few. Many others are contributing
to their professions, communities and families.
Our founder envisioned a liberal arts college that would prepare
young scholars for positions of leadership and influence. And so we
Bethanians continue to do today. But now, more than ever, the College
needs your continued support to thrive while preparing 21st century
Say “yes” to Bethany and “yes” to the future
when you receive a call from our alumni office.
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President of the College
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