BETHANY, W.Va. - Gregory B. Jordan, Chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, has announced the election of four prominent alumni to the Board. Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., John W. Mullen, Richard G. Clancy and Scarlett L. Foster were unanimously approved at the Board's fall meeting.
"We are extremely pleased to add these four distinguished alumni to the Board," said Jordan '81, Global Managing Partner at Reed Smith, LLP. "Rick, Scarlett, Arthur and John are highly-respected leaders in their respective fields with a wide range of talents and expertise that will be invaluable assets. We look forward to their participation and guidance in the years to come."
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, welcomed the newest Trustees back to their alma mater. Miller thanked the four alumni for their dedication to the College and cited them as shining examples of the type of national and international leaders Bethany has been producing for nearly 170 years.
"I am thrilled to welcome such an accomplished group of alumni to the Board," said Miller. "Rick, Scarlett, Arthur and John share a special passion for Bethany that is both exciting and inspiring. They also share our commitment to the progressive initiatives that will preserve and enhance Bethany's mission as a small college of national distinction for the 21st Century and beyond."
Following are brief biographical sketches of the new Trustees:
Richard G. Clancy '76 of Poway, Calif. is Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sony Electronics, responsible for all communications and public relations activities for the company's U.S. electronics business. Clancy joined Sony as Director of Corporate Communications in 1990, moved up to Vice President in 1991 and was made Senior Vice President in 1997. Clancy began his public relations career with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. He also worked in public relations with E.F. Hutton and served in client service and management for the Creamer Dickson Basford public relations firm. Clancy came to Sony following a stint as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the New York investment firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert. A 1976 cum laude graduate of Bethany with a B.A. in Education, Clancy was actively involved with WVBC radio, the Student Board of Governors, the Panhellenic Council and Kappa Alpha fraternity
Scarlett L. Foster '79 of St. Louis, Mo. is Vice President of Investor Relations for the Monsanto Company. She previously served as a Trustee from 1994-2004. As the lead for Monsanto's Investor Relations Department, Foster coordinates corporate investor relations strategy and communication with the company's investors and analysts. Foster has received numerous professional honors, including the Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators. She was also the recipient of Bethany College's 1990 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Foster earned her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Economics from Bethany in 1979 and holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. A member of the Phi Mu sorority, Foster was a Kalon Scholar and Senior Fellow during her undergraduate days and was named Outstanding Junior Woman in 1978. She was active on The Tower staff and played on the women's basketball team.
Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67 of Potomac, Md. is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD), a charitable non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Arlington, Va. that is committed to reducing the suffering of the world's most vulnerable populations. Keys' organization annually provides more than $300 million of humanitarian assistance to 25 countries.
Dr. Keys earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bethany College in 1967. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and holds a Doctor of Divinity from Emory University. The former Chaplain of Yale Divinity School, Dr. Keys received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Bethany College in 1997. Yale Divinity School presented him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice in 2005 and he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Bethany in 2006.
John W. Mullen '69 of McKinney, Texas is President of Unitrin Specialty, one of the top automobile insurance specialists in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices in Woodland Hills, Calif. and Salem, Ore., Unitrin Specialty is part of Unitrin, Inc., a $3 billion financial services company based in Chicago. Mullen worked in management with Great American Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance before joining Unitrin.
A 1969 graduate of Bethany College with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Physical Education, Mullen went on to earn his master's degree at Bowling Green State University. During his undergraduate days at Bethany, he was a multisport athlete, earning four letters each in football and baseball. Mullen was also a member of the Sociology Club and Sigma Nu fraternity.
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.