Berea College Names Bernadine Douglas Vice President for Alumni and College Relations

Bernadine M. Douglas has been named Vice President for Alumni and College Relations at Berea College. She assumes her duties July 1, 2015.

Bernadine Douglas

Bernadine Douglas, Vice President for Alumni and College Relations, Berea College

In announcing her appointment, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, says “Bernadine brings a wealth of experience to the position. And, she is a first generation college graduate who finds that Berea College’s mission resonates deeply with her.”

A native Floridian, Douglas most recently worked as Vice President of External Relations at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, the home base of a 125-campus international school focusing on aeronautical engineering and pilot training. Previously, she served the University of Central Florida as Director of Major Gifts. Earlier in her career, she was Community Relations Coordinator for Community Coordinated Care for Children, a large non-profit in Orlando, focused on children and families changing their outcomes.

“Bernadine is well suited by her training and experience to serve Berea,” President Roelofs continues.  “At Berea College, she will oversee our operations in Development, Alumni Relations, and Marketing and Communications. As a member of the Administrative Committee she will serve also as an officer of the College.”

While employed at Embry Riddle, Douglas served first as Associate Vice President and later as Vice President, where she successfully closed a scholarship gift of $1.5 million, the largest in that university’s history. At the University of Central Florida, Douglas raised significant gifts including $600,000 for new programs in the College of Education, more than $1 million toward the creation of a College of Medicine, and a $22 million gift of intellectual property to the university. She also developed events to engage prospective donor in the university’s biomedical sciences program.

Douglas’ educational attainments include a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University (Orlando). Douglas became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and completed recertification in 2013. She also previously served on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District III Conference Committee, and as President of the Central Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.