Gena Edwards, FCEP, currently serves as the Associate Director of Planned Philanthropy at Berea College. She joined the Alumni, Communications and Philanthropy division in 2005. She enjoys partnering with generous philanthropists to align their giving interests with the College’s mission. She is also a kindhearted donor of the College, and is a member of the Culbreth Society and the Great Commitments Society.
Gena hails from Michigan; her family is originally from eastern Kentucky, and some of them still live in the state. She attended Davenport University, where she majored in business. Prior to working at Berea, she spent several years in human resources in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. During her tenure at the College, she developed a passion for planned giving, and has demonstrated substantial success in this niche of fundraising.
Gena is married to Brian Edwards, a native Kentuckian, and has two stepdaughters. Gena and Brian reside in Paint Lick, KY with their dog, Wendy. In her leisure time, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family.
At Berea, we believe talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford rising tuition costs. No Berea student pays tuition. The Berea Fund touches the lives of every Berea College student in so many ways and enables the great mission of the College by completing the tuition scholarship every student receives.
Intercollegiate and intramural athletics contribute to a healthy lifestyle and sense of belonging, camaraderie, and pride for all students. Institutional data show that participation in athletics improves student retention, and Berea athletes consistently earn a GPA of at least 3.0. For these reasons and more, Berea plans to build an indoor athletics practice facility for soccer, baseball, and softball. Your gift will help students succeed on the field and in the classroom. Contact us to learn more.