The Larry E. Grimes Bethany Lecture Series

A new series bringing thought-provoking speakers to the Bethany Community.
Bringing the world to Bethany.
Preparing Bethany students for a lifetime of success.

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The series honors a professor and renowned Hemingway Scholar who spent 39 years teaching students to learn from and love literature. Dr. Grimes personally delivered the inaugural lecture in 2014 at Homecoming. Additional speakers to be named in the future. Become a charter contributor by pledging your support now.

2017 Lecture Speaker

General Michael Hayden
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency &
the National Security Agency

Saturday, September 30
11:30 a.m. 
Wailes Theatre

GMU Photo.jpgBefore becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence – and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Director of the National Security Agency. Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University.

*Please RSVP to Hannah McNerney, Director of Alumni Relations, at or (304) 829-7299 for complimentary tickets to this event. The event is open to all students, alumni, and friends.

About Larry Grimes

A 1964 Bethany graduate, Dr. Grimes returned to Bethany in 1970 to serve in the Department of English. During his nearly 40 years as a professor, Dr. Grimes opened the world of literature, poetry, history, film and interdisciplinary studies to thousands of Bethanians.

Dr. Grimes earned his B.A. in English from Bethany College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, and Ph.D. in literature and theology from Emory University. He is an internationally known Hemingway scholar and a published poet.

An ordained minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Grimes served as pastor of Community Christian Church for 15 years. He is the Moderator of the Christian Church (DOC) in West Virginia, serves on its Commission on the Ministry, and as Dean of Buffalo Seminary he coordinates year round continuing education programs for clergy and laity. He also serves on the WV Humanities Council. He has lectured and preached in churches across the country. For the past 43 years, Dr. Grimes has lived in the same home in Bethany with his wife, Carol Duecker Grimes ’66. 

More information is available through the Bethany Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7299.