Bethanie Constant joins Marymount as new VP for University Advancement
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Marymount University has appointed Bethanie Constant as its new Vice President for University Advancement. She will officially begin her duties on Friday, May 1, 2020.
In her new role, which includes a place in President Irma Becerra’s cabinet, Constant will lead the Office of University Advancement and support Marymount’s ambitious goals while building on its significant momentum in relation to its five-year Strategic Plan. She will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the University’s fundraising, development and external and alumni engagement efforts.
“I was drawn to Marymount’s ‘Learn with Purpose’ mission, and its emphasis on intellectual curiosity, service to others and having a global perspective,” Constant explained. “Marymount’s drive to stand for its distinctive identity, offer all students transformative experiential learning, be an inclusive and vibrant community and steward its resources towards creating a sustainable future also influenced my decision to make Marymount home. I look forward to serving alongside President Becerra and meeting everyone later this spring.”
“We are so excited to welcome Bethanie to the Marymount family,” Dr. Becerra said. “Bethanie has experience with building a team and implementing the infrastructure and business processes necessary to succeed. With her help, Marymount will reach the next level in fundraising.”
Constant currently serves as the senior director of advancement at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) College of Humanities and Sciences. In this position, she leads a team that is responsible for fundraising and alumni engagement, including for the school’s capital campaign, major gifts, principal gifts, annual giving, stewardship, alumni relations and strategic planning. She has held a variety of other development and alumni relations positions at VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences since 2012.
“I deliberately chose to serve as an Advancement professional because I understand the purpose firsthand,” Constant added. “As a first-generation college graduate who grew up in a low-income family, I know that my education and the connections made with faculty changed my life for the better. As an award recipient, I also know what it feels like to have donors invest in your education and believe in your promise. I feel the best way to show my gratitude is to pay it forward to current and future generations of learners.”
Constant is a certified fundraising executive via CFRE International, and holds a certificate in fundraising and development from the University of Richmond. She earned a B.S. in history from Lander University in 2002, and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.