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Beacham Promoted to Newly Created Position at Wofford

August 9, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—David M. Beacham, vice president for development at Wofford College since 1990, has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president for administration and secretary to the board of trustees, effective Sept. 1.

Marion B. Peavey, executive director of the NCAA Foundation, has been named senior vice president for development and college relations. Peavey will begin his duties Sept. 15.

The appointments further strategic moves made by President Benjamin B. Dunlap since his administration began in July 2000 and positions the college to begin its Sesquicentennial observance in the 2004-05 year.

“David Beacham will play a vital coordinating role for Wofford as we begin plans for celebrating the college’s Sesquicentennial anniversary,” Dunlap says. “David has been extraordinarily effective as the executive director, then vice president for development, playing key roles in organizing and successfully completing two capital campaigns for the college. Now, he will become a part of a newly organized three-person team to plan and execute a major financial campaign to coincide with Wofford’s 150th anniversary.

“David will be an effective liaison between the president and the board of trustees, and with his total of knowledge of all of Wofford’s constituencies, he will be vital to the president,” Dunlap adds. “I have known for quite some time that I want David Beacham by my side as we move Wofford into the future.”

Beacham, who began his career at Wofford as an admissions counselor upon graduation in 1977, says, “These are challenging times for all independent liberal arts colleges. The strategic moves Dr. Dunlap has made will allow Wofford to celebrate our past while we plan our future.

“I am excited about these new responsibilities and the opportunity to help position Wofford strategically for the future,” Beacham adds. “President Dunlap and I have formed a good team since he became president, and we are eager to build on that relationship going forward for the continued improvement of Wofford.

“Wofford will be welcoming an incoming class for 2002-03 of some 300 freshmen, whose average SAT scores once again are well above the 1200 mark,” he says. “Nearly 20 percent of our entering freshmen, 59 students, are Palmetto Fellows, the largest percentage in the state. We must position Wofford to serve our students and other constituencies well in the coming years.” Palmetto Fellows are chosen based on grade point average, class rank, SAT scores and recommendations from high school counselors.

Beacham served as assistant to the president at Wofford from 1986 to 1990. He was director of planned and major giving from 1983 to 1986 and director of annual resources from 1980 to 1983. He is corresponding secretary of Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg and an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He serves on the Alumni Challenge advisory committee for Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina and is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. His wife, Cyndi, is director of Spartanburg Share the Vision.

As senior vice president for development and college relations, Peavey will be one of three senior vice presidents in the President’s Cabinet, along with Dr. Dan Maultsby, dean of the college, and Dr. David Wood. Among his responsibilities will be to plan, develop and execute the college’s Sesquicentennial observance. In addition, he will formulate development-related communications strategies to promote Wofford’s academic reputation and brand image to further build support among alumni and donors. He also will work to fully implement Wofford’s new full-campus database technology and other technology to optimize development initiatives and opportunities.

“As a graduate of Wofford College, I am honored and excited by the opportunity to be on the Wofford team again,” Peavey says. “Wofford is today as strong as it has ever been in its nearly 150-year history with its strong academic programs, athletics, endowment, and most importantly, its nationally competitive faculty and student body.

“I am pleased to be able to work with President Dunlap, the board and staff to develop new plans for an even stronger and more nationally recognized Wofford College,” Peavey adds. “I am delighted to be included on this team and to be directly involved with the many exciting days and years ahead for such a distinguished college.”

Peavey, a 1965 Wofford College graduate, has been executive director of the NCAA Foundation since 1999, responsible for all fund raising, asset management and programs of the foundation. He received a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He has held development, alumni relations and other similar positions at the University of Delaware, the University of Alabama, the University of Virginia and Duke University. He served as associate director of development and director of alumni affairs at Wofford from 1967 to 1974, and he has served on the Wofford President’s Advisory Board.

He and his wife, Jo, have a daughter, Virginia Mullins of Washington, D.C., and a son, Alex, in his second year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Wofford.