Bethany, W.Va. — Bethany College is announcing the appointment of Richard (Rick) G. Clancy III ‘76 as its newest member of the board of trustees. With his diverse expertise and exceptional background, Clancy brings valuable insights to the College’s leadership team as it continues its commitment to academic excellence and student success. 

Clancy is a seasoned veteran in public relations, corporate communications, and academia. After a distinguished career as a public relations and corporate communications executive, he ventured into the world of education and served as a visiting professor in the communications and media arts department of his alma mater. His expertise will undoubtedly prove invaluable in guiding the College’s communication strategies and initiatives.

Throughout his illustrious career, Clancy also served on the faculty of the School of Media and Journalism at North Carolina University – Chapel Hill, where he was the school’s first endowed Edgar Thomas Cato Distinguished Professor of Public Relations. His contributions to the academic community extended beyond his courses, as he was frequently invited as a guest lecturer and served as the moderator for the school’s Next World Media Symposium. 

“This is a critical time for Bethany College and its future,” says Clancy. “I am honored that the trustees welcomed me to rejoin the board and will do my best to help the College achieve success in all respects. Bethany is a marvelous, one-of-a-kind institution that I’ve been privileged to be a part of for many years not only as a trustee but also as a professor and a student.” 

Chair of Bethany Board of Trustees Ken Bado expressed his enthusiasm about the new addition to the board, saying “Richard Clancy brings a unique perspective and expertise to our board, and his passion for education and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our mission at Bethany College. We are eager to collaborate with them in advancing our institution’s vision and creating even more opportunities for our students.”