BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College recognized Greg and Ellen Trebilcock Jordan, both 1981 Bethany graduates, with the dedication of Jordan Hall during a dedication ceremony on campus Oct. 11. The building is one of four modern suite style residence halls in the Campbell Village complex.
Greg, a member of Bethany’s Board of Trustees since 2002 and its chair since 2006, has made a remarkable difference in the life of Bethany College through generous gifts and leadership, said President Scott D. Miller at the ceremony.
“Much of that effective leadership has to do with his reverence for his Bethany education; his commitment to our programs, traditions and values; and his willingness to open many kind of doors for Bethany,” Dr. Miller said.
Thanking Bethany for the honor, Greg said that the dedication is not only in recognition of how he and Ellen have given to the College, but a promise that they will continue to do all he can for Bethany and its students.
Greg is a strong believer in the importance of a liberal arts education, such as he received at Bethany. A Bethany education will open doors and help prepare students for successful careers, he said.
“The evidence is compelling that no matter where you want to go in life, no matter what you want to do, you can get there from here,” Greg said. “You can get anywhere in life from here.”
Greg and Ellen met during their time at Bethany. The two were both part of Greek life – Ellen was a Phi Mu and Greg a Beta Theta Pi. Ellen was a member of the social science professional fraternity Sigma Tau Epsilon, and Greg was a member of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. Both graduated with honors. Ellen graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean’s List.
Greg serves as PNC’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs. He previously worked at Reed Smith LLP, where he became the youngest elected managing partner in the firm’s history. He has been named one of the best lawyers in the country numerous times.
The words “Jordan Hall” are now displayed above the front and back entrance of the building, and a plaque located inside the lobby reads, “In honor of Gregory B. and Ellen Trebilcock Jordan, Class of 1981, devoted Bethanians and generous benefactors whose exemplary selfless service, stewardship and leadership inspire the entire Bethany community. October 11, 2014.”
Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.