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Reid Receives National Fundraising Award
DCCCD Foundation President Betheny L. Reid recently received one of the highest national recognitions to be given to outstanding fundraising professionals in higher education.
She was honored with the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award during the annual CASE Commonfund conference in Chicago on April 19.
The award recognizes individuals who have made great strides in the development and quality of their organizations and who have provided significant service to the community of institutionally related foundations.
Reid was presented with the award, an inscribed crystal vase, by CASE President John Lippincott. CASE is a professional association that serves educational institutions and the advancement of professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
“I am honored and flattered to have been both nominated by our chancellor and the DCCCD Foundation board and then selected by my peers at CASE. This is the equivalent of being named ‘Doctor of the Year’ by the American Medical Association, and I am — quite frankly — humbled by this [honor],” Reid said. “Together, with my staff, we have been able to expand the DCCCD Foundation into one of the largest in the nation, and we now serve thousands of students with scholarships and support programs from the district to help those students achieve success.”
DCCCD’s chancellor, Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., cited several key accomplishments during Reid’s career with the district. “A signature accomplishment during Betheny Reid’s tenure with the DCCCD Foundation has been the growth in resources for the foundation which, as a result, now is ranked seventh nationally among community college foundations,” Lassiter said.
“A second signature accomplishment has been her leadership in a process that brought the Rising Star [scholarship] program to fruition,” he added. “Thus far, more than 10,000 students have received resources for tuition, books and supplies, and that level of support is a result of the largest private-giving program in the history of DCCCD.”
DCCCD Foundation board chair Douglas Hawthorne and chair elect Hunter L. Hunt, echoed those thoughts in a joint letter of support for Reid’s nomination.
“Having worked closely with Betheny for the past six years, we can testify to the fact that she uses her enormous talent not only to give back to the profession but also in motivating and leading our board of directors,” they stated. “She is a remarkable professional whose commitment to educational access is at the core of everything she does, whether it is envisioning the Rising Star program, teaching community college presidents how to be successful at development, or presenting advancement strategies to audiences in Africa.”
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