Founder’s Day at Bethany College is observed on the first Thursday of March. The College received its official charter from the Legislature of Virginia on March 2, 1840. The charter was affirmed on June 20, 1863, by the Legislature of the newly formed state of West Virginia. Bethany College is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

This Founder’s Day, we want to celebrate by supporting the Bethany Fund and God’s Acre Cemetery.

The Bethany Fund – Your support of the Bethany Fund enables us to continue our commitment to each student that enters the Oglebay Gates at Bethany College. Your gifts have allowed us to create new academic programs, create and sustain student scholarships, maintain and sanitize our buildings, and much more. The Bethany Fund directly impacts our students, faculty, staff, and our strategic vision. You are leading Bethany into the future as a distinct college.

God’s Acre Cemetery – God’s Acre is the final resting place of many Bethanians since the earliest years of Alexander Campbell. Alexander Campbell, members of the Campbell family, past college presidents, and other Bethanians, all rest under the beautiful trees of God’s Acre. The purposefulness is to provide a place of sacred rest for the saints and a place of quiet retreat for those who come to visit them. Your participation in supporting this fund will allow us to maintain the dignity, sustainability, and historic nature of the land.