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Alumni & Development

 
The primary purpose of MBA’s Office of Alumni and Development is institutional advancement; to promote the educational mission of Montgomery Bell Academy. This is carried out in three primary manners: alumni relations, communications and marketing, and fund-raising.

Alumni Relations

The MBA Alumni Office serves more than 4,000 graduates of MBA and The Wallace School. Through out-of-town gatherings, on-campus reunions, sporting events, informal class get-togethers, and other on-campus initiatives, such as Career Day and the Mentor Program, alumni unite in varied, exciting ways and are actively engaged in campus life.

Communications and Marketing

MBA’s communications and marketing programs incorporate public relations, publications, and community relations. The goal of campus public relations is to keep all interested audiences informed about MBA. The Alumni and Development Office produces numerous publications included the MBA alumni magazine (The Hill) and an electronic newsletter (MBAlumni News from The Hill) which provide news and feature articles about issues affecting our school. These publications provide clear avenues of communication between the alumni and MBA.

The MBA Web site is the information hub for the entire school and includes a variety of user-friendly features. For example, any MBA user can customize what they want to view on a regular basis. The Web site provides the latest news from the school, both student-related and alumni-related. It features calendars and events, and it provides networking capabilities such as job searching for alumni. Other marketing vehicles developed by the Alumni and Development Office include view books, student recruitment tools, event fliers, summer program and evening school brochures, and Web site management.

Fund-raising

Fund-raising at MBA encompasses a sophisticated and comprehensive program of annual giving, endowment giving, capital campaigns, and planned giving. While all of these programs are critical to the school’s healthy growth, annual giving is MBA’s first priority as it provides significant support for the current operational budget and helps maintain the high standards of excellence in all of MBA’s endeavors.



Annual Giving
The Annual Fund provides unrestricted dollars for the school's current operations and accounts for approximately 11 percent of the school's annual budget. All Annual Fund dollars are used during the year in which they are received to enhance current programs. This represents the school's yearly appeal to all alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, and friends. Annual Giving enables every member of the MBA community to invest in the school and be responsible for its progress. All gifts made to MBA are 100 percent tax-deductible.

The Annual Fund Campaign coincides with the school's fiscal year which ends June 30th. All gifts and pledges are due by June 30 in order to be counted for the current campaign year and for an individual to be recognized in the MBA Annual Report.

The breadth and depth of an MBA education cannot be covered by tuition alone. Annual giving supports faculty development, music, art, debate, the library, athletics, technology, scholarships, and service projects. It also enables the school to offer financial aid to approximately 22 percent of its students. Without annual giving, tuition would be significantly higher.

Strong participation is the key. Gifts to the Annual Fund come in all sizes, and MBA is grateful for every gift regardless of size. Historically, the MBA community has exhibited high participation percentages, positioning MBA among the top schools in the nation.
Gifts can be made by cash, check, debit card, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, stock transfer, or online at www.montgomerybell.edu/giving. Gifts of securities offer an additional benefit — a donor can take a 100 percent deduction on the current value of the security even if purchased at a lower amount.

Meet the A&D Staff

List of 12 members.

  • Mr. Joseph Johnson 79

    Director of Alumni & Development
    615-369-5366
    Vanderbilt University - B.A.
    Georgia State University - Master of Actuarial Science
    At MBA since 2012
  • Ms. Millicent (Van Mol) Vance 

    Donor Relations & Records Manager
    615-369-5362
    University of Evansville - BS
    University of Georgia - M. Ed.
    At MBA since 2012
  • Mrs. Leigh Adams 

    Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund
    University of the South - BA
    At MBA since 2016
  • Mrs. Langhorne (King) Coleman 

    Associate Director of Events
    615-298-5514;364
    University of Texas, Austin - B.A.
    At MBA since 2013
  • Mrs. Camellia Howorth 

    Director of the Annual Fund
    615-369-5348
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    At MBA since 2011
  • Mr. Michael Martin 98

    Director of Camps, Website Content Manager, Sports Information Director, Head Middle School Baseball
    615-369-5368
    Belmont University - BS
    At MBA since 2008
  • Mrs. Vicki Mayhew 

    Office Manager, Database Manager
    615-369-5369
    At MBA since 1996
    Additional Info
  • Mr. Barry McAlister 

    Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications - Video
    Middle Tennessee State University - BS Communications
    At MBA since 2009
  • Mrs. Sara Perry 

    University of Virginia - BS
    Columbia Business School - MBA
    At MBA since 2015
  • Mr. Hart Roper 

    Director of Strategic Initiatives; Associate Director of Development
    (615) 369-5356
    Davidson College - BA
    Columbia University - MA
    At MBA since 2015
  • Mr. Christopher Smith 

    Associate Director for Communications, Lacrosse, Football, Summer Programs, Class Advisor
    615-369-5365
    Boston College - BA
    At MBA since 2006
    Additional Info
  • Mrs. Courtney Travis 

    Associate Director of Alumni and Development
    Louisiana State University - Bachelor of Arts
    At MBA since 2014

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