Erickson Alumni Center

The Erickson Alumni Center (1992) is home to Bethany’s Alumni Relations Office, Development Office, Church Relations Office and the Office of Communications. It also houses the Alumni CouncilRoom, the Wilkin Parlor and the Martin Guest Rooms.

Originally part of the McLean-McEachern residence complex, it was completely reconstructed as the result of a gift from noted West Virginia philanthropist Charles O. Erickson. His generosity made the creation of alumni centers possible at colleges and universities throughout West Virginia.

The Council Room and the Wilkin Parlor are available for alumni meetings free of charge. There are seven sleeping rooms in the Alumni Center. Two rooms share a private bath. All rooms have use of the kitchen in the Center. Alumni can stay at the Center for a fee of $30 per night.

To make a reservation for overnight accommodations or meeting space, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.829.7723 or send an e-mail to

Center for Institutional Advancement Staff

Chris Lambert joined Bethany College in July 2019 as its Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the College’s philanthropic and alumni engagement activities.

Chris was born in Oakland ,Maryland, and earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Business Concentration from Frostburg State University in 1994 and his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1997. He comes to Bethany with more than twenty years of fundraising and wealth planning experience. In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees, he holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Most recently, he served as Senior Executive Director of Philanthropy and interim Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

He can be contacted at or 304.829.7281.

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 the Special Olympics, loves to golf and is active in the Castleman’s Run United Methodist Church. She is also an active volunteer for Our English Setter Rescue and has two loyal English Setters, Charlie and Mia.

Shirley can be reached at 304.829.7485 or

Mark Phillips has joined Bethany College as the Director of Donor and Alumni Engagement. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the College’s programs for alumni relations.

Mark was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, earning a B.A. in English with a minor in Secondary Education. He earned an M.A. in English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to coming to Bethany, Mark worked as the Chief of Staff in the President’s Office at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), where he participated with the President and other members of the President’s Cabinet in institutional planning, policy development, budget management, and problem resolution.

Mark lives with his wife, Amy, and their son, Benjamin, in Wheeling. He can be contacted at 304.829.7299 or at

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 304.829.7723 or