BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is thrilled to announce the Psi Chapter Diamond Association Charitable Foundation, comprised of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity alumni, has committed an extraordinary $500,000 to support the Build for a Lifetime Campaign. The generous pledge was officially declared during the campaign kickoff event last Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance and sustain the College’s campus infrastructure. 

This three-year campaign aims to raise $20 million that will improve our campus footprint and create engaging living-learning spaces for our students.   It will also bolster the Bethany Fund, provide faculty and staff support, and create forward-focused programs that equip graduates to thrive in an ever-changing world. 

The Psi Chapter Diamond Association Charitable Foundation’s commitment is a testament to the passion many Bethanians have for Bethany College and their belief in the Build for a Lifetime Campaign. Their contribution has significantly helped in reaching 77% of the campaign’s goal. 

Psi Chapter President and Trustee S. Dean Lesiak ‘74 and Director Scott Thompson ‘78 played a pivotal role in securing this remarkable commitment. Their dedication to the College’s mission has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of ensuring a sustainable and enriching environment for current and future Bethanians. 

“The Psi Chapter Diamond Association Charitable Foundation is proud to contribute $500,000 to the Build for a Lifetime Campaign,” says Lesiak. “Our passion for Bethany College’s mission fuels our belief in the transformative power of a liberal arts education. Together, we stand united in supporting the College’s vision for a sustainable and enriching environment, ensuring a lasting impact on the educational journey of current and future Bethanians.”  

Quoting William Arthur Ward, Thompson says “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” He went on to say, “I am grateful every day for the many lifelong friends and wonderful experiences that Bethany College has provided me.” 

Additionally, Scott Brooks ’78, trustee and chair of the Build for a Lifetime campaign, played a key role in the commitment. His leadership and dedication to Bethany College’s growth and development have been invaluable. 

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dean Lesiak, Scott Brooks, Scott Thompson, the Beta’s, and all members of the Psi Chapter Diamond Association Charitable Foundation for their unwavering commitment to the institution’s future,” says Bethany President Dr. Jamie Caridi. “Their support will continue to shape the College’s success in fostering a dynamic and enriching educational experience.” 

Members of the Board include: 

Dean Lesiak

Scott Thompson  

Robert Mackenzie, Jr.  

David Cottington  

Brian Nolan