Interim President

Sven de Jong is Interim President of Bethany College. Prior to being named Interim President Sven served as Senior Vice President, with duties including directing external affairs programs of the College, including the Center for Institutional Advancement (development, alumni & parent relations, communications & marketing, , government relations, church relations, and Historic Bethany) and the Center for Enrollment (undergraduate & graduate enrollment, transfer & pre-collegiate programs, and financial aid).

A 1995 graduate of Bethany, he returned to his alma mater in 2005 to lead the external affairs functions of the College.   A native of Maryland, he earned a B.A. in International Economics and German and a minor in International Relations. While at Bethany he was recognized with The Francis O. Carfer Prize as the Outstanding Senior.   He earned his M.S. in Non-profit Management from Eastern University.

Prior to working at Bethany, Sven spent more than eight years in corporate financial services and served as Director of Major and Planned Gifts for West Liberty State College. For seven years he served as the Mayor of the Town of Bethany and was a member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department for fifteen years.  In 2012 Sven was named “40 under 40 - Generation Next in West Virginia” by the State Journal. He serves on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee of the Neighborhood Academy, a college-preparatory academy located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which focuses on breaking generational poverty by preparing youth for higher education.

He is married to Elizabeth Shelly de Jong ’91.

Sven can be contacted at (304) 829-7723 or at

Associate Vice President for Advancement

Mort Gamble came to Bethany in 2007 as Assistant to the President. He was named Associate Vice President for Advancement in the spring of 2015. In addition to serving a variety of support roles to the President, Mort is a major gifts officer of the College.

He has served as advancement vice president at Hood (MD) College, Fairmont State University and Waynesburg (PA) University, and served as a faculty member, grant writer, and college relations director at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Prior to Bethany, he directed the stewardship program at The George Washington University.

Mort has three degrees from West Virginia University, earning his doctorate in higher education administration in 2003. A native of Maryland, he grew up in Moorefield, W.Va.

He is married to Mary Elizabeth Yancosek Gamble, Renner Scholar & Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany College.

Mort can be contacted at (304) 829-7284 or at

Director of Church Relations

Larry Grimes began work as Director of Church Relations in July 2009. Prior to that he taught English at Bethany College for nearly 40 years.

An ordained minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ), Larry serves as pastor of Community Christian Church in Beech Bottom, WV. He is a member of the Commission on the Ministry (DOC) in West Virginia and has lectured and preached in churches across the country.

Larry earned his B.A. in English from Bethany College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, and his PhD in literature and theology from Emory University. He is an internationally known Hemingway scholar, a published poet. The Division of Higher Education of the Christian Churches (DOC) selected him to receive the T.A. Abbot Award for Teaching Excellence.

He is a native of Russellville, Indiana. For the past 39 years he has lived in the same home in Bethany with his wife, Carol Duecker Grimes ’66. They were married in Bethany Memorial Church. Their daughter, Rebecca Gostlin, is a clinical counselor in Colorado.

Larry can be contacted at (304) 558-8213 or at

Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Ashley Kanotz has had a connection with Bethany College for the past decade. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany with a degree in history in 2006. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in 19th century American history from Duquesne University in 2008.

While at Bethany, Ashley was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She held positions in their philanthropy chair and as vice president. She has worked the past three years with Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village as a tour guide. She also has done work with the local Washington County Historical Society.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys sports and especially loves watching college basketball and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ashley can be reached at (304)829-7299 or at

Director of Advancement Services

Long-time College employee Shirley Kemp has been associated with Bethany for 45 years. Shirley’s smile, wit and calm are instrumental to the success of the advancement office. Prior to coming to institutional advancement, she served the admission office for ten years. She is the “keeper” of the records, responsible for gift entry and reporting as well as monitoring data input and pulling the many lists for the Bethany community.

Outside of the office, Shirley enjoys working with Special Olympics, loves to golf and is active in the Castleman’s Run United Methodist Church. Her loyal companion is her Brittany Spaniel, Abby. Shirley can be reached at (304) 829-7485 or

Director of Communications

A 2001 graduate of Bethany College, Rebecca Rose returned to Bethany to work with the Media Relations office in 2005. She was named Director of Communications in April 2008. Rebecca graduated with a B.A. degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

She currently resides in Bethany with her husband Brian '98 who works in the Athletic Department as the Director of Athletics. Rebecca can be reached at (304) 829-7221 or

Communications Specialist

Alex Koscevic of Wellsburg, W.Va., graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.

She worked as a reporter and producer for a local news station before coming to Bethany. At WVU, Alex was the copy desk chief at The Daily Athenaeum, the school’s student-run newspaper.

Alex can be reached at (304) 829-7411 or

Executive Assistant for Advancement

Ginni Walden, a life-long resident of the area, is pleased to return to the Center for Institutional Advancement.  She previously held positions in the Enrollment Office, the President’s Office and the Development Office.  She looks forward to helping the Institutional Advancement Staff reach goals necessary to advance the mission of the College and is eager to renew contact with alumni and friends.

Ginni has three sons and seven grandchildren, enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with the family. She is an active member of the Castleman Run United Methodist Church.  Ginni can be reached at 829-7723 or