BETHANY, W.Va. – Mort Gamble, a veteran in the field of higher education advancement, has been named Assistant to the President at Bethany College. The announcement was made by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. As part of Dr. Miller’s transformative $52 million capital campaign, Gamble will build on Bethany’s rich tradition of philanthropic support by developing innovative donor strategies and encouraging alumni and friends to continue and increase their investment in the future of the College through their personal giving.
“We’re very excited that Mort has agreed to bring his proven fundraising and leadership skills to our development team,” Dr. Miller said. “His expertise will be a tremendous asset as we continue to find and develop the resources we need to broaden and enhance our position as a vibrant and contemporary liberal arts college — a ‘Small College of National Distinction.’ ”
Gamble has spent the past 25 years working in fundraising, alumni relations and communications at five separate institutions. He most recently served as Executive Director of Stewardship for The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Gamble spent two years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hood College in Frederick, Md.
His service at Hood College followed six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. Gamble went to Fairmont after eight years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of College Relations at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa. This followed a three-year stint as Director of Development at Fairmont State.
Gamble began his career in higher education advancement at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. as Assistant to the Vice President of Development and Director of Special Programs for Admissions before being named Director of College Relations. He had spent eight years as a classroom instructor at the college before moving into the administration. Gamble also served as an instructor in Wesleyan’s MBA program and was an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer at the West Virginia University Leadership Academy.
“My career has been dedicated to helping enhance higher education through fundraising so Bethany is a college that is very much aligned with my background and life interests,” Gamble said. “I believe Bethany College is extremely well-positioned to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex society by providing the type of broad-based liberal arts education today’s students need to make a difference in a global economy. I’m really looking forward to becoming acquainted with the Bethany community, alumni and friends.”
A graduate of Fairmont (W.Va.) Senior High School, Gamble holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from West Virginia University. He earned his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University in 2003. His wife, M.E. Yancosek Gamble, is State Director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Division.