Bethany Alumni Selected for Communications Wall of Fame

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany alumni David Egan ’79 and Jim Rice ’83 have been named to the College’s Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame, according to M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts.    

The Wall of Fame, located in the H.C. Ogden Lounge in Bethany House, was established in October 2010 to honor distinguished communications graduates.  At Bethany, the oldest degree-granting institution in West Virginia, the Department of Communications and Media Arts has had a storied reputation of producing graduates of national and international significance. The program has been recognized with a number of regional and national honors in recent years, including Public Relations Student Society of America state chapter of the year and Society for Collegiate Journalists national chapter of the year. 

David Egan recently joined Boston law firm Choate Hall & Smith LLP as Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer after 12 years as served as Chief Marketing Officer at Pittsburgh-based law firm Reed Smith LLP. At Reed Smith, he had global responsibility for all business development and sales initiatives, transforming the Reed Smith business development structure and approach from a local geographic focus to global client teams. He also led all firm branding, communications and events. 

Egan spent two years as President of ClubCom, a start-up private broadcasting company. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in the advertising agency business, most of it at Ketchum Communications, a top 20 international agency. Egan served as a Director of Tollgrade Communications Inc. for 12 years, where he sat on the audit, investment and corporate governance committees.

Jim Rice has been with The Greenville News for 16 years, the past eight as sports news editor of the newspaper and He also has worked as reporter and/or editor in the sports departments of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, the Orange County Register of Santa Ana, Calif., The State of Columbia, South Carolina, the Independent-Mail of Anderson, South Carolina, The Thomaston (Georgia) Times and the Wheeling News-Register.

The Department’s Wall of Fame in Bethany House includes 27 acclaimed graduates such as current national sportscaster Dave Sims (TV voice of the Seattle Mariners, NFL commentator, and co-host of “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K” on Sirius XM Radio), and Bob Orr, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, to name a few. Admission to the Wall of Fame is a special honor, given that many of the 1,000 program graduates are highly successful in the digital media field.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the establishment of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.