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 fundraising.

Alumni Relations

The MBA Alumni Office serves more than 5,000 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, 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 (Happenings on 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 and winter camp brochures, and website management.


Fundraising 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 MBA Fund (formerly known as 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 MBA 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 MBA Fund 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 25 percent of its students. Without the MBA Fund, tuition would be significantly higher.

Strong participation is the key. Gifts to the MBA 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, Venmo, or online at 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.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. The impact of your gift to MBA could be doubled or even tripled! To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click here.

Meet the A&D Staff

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Joseph Johnson

    Mr. Jody Johnson 79

    Director of Alumni & Development
    Vanderbilt University - B.A.
    Georgia State University - Master of Actuarial Science
    At MBA since 2012
  • Photo of Leigh Adams

    Mrs. Leigh Adams 

    Associate Director of Alumni Relations & MBA Fund
    Sewanee: The University of the South - BA
    At MBA since 2016
  • Photo of Mary Angell

    Miss Mary Angell 

    Director of Stewardship
    At MBA since 2022
  • Photo of Langhorne Coleman

    Mrs. Langhorne Coleman 

    Associate Director of Events
    University of Texas-Austin - BA
    At MBA since 2013
  • Photo of Gretchen Ekiss

    Mrs. Gretchen Ekiss 

    Art Director, Graphic Designer
    Auburn University - BA
    At MBA since 2022
  • Photo of Camellia Howorth

    Mrs. Camellia Howorth 

    Director of Advancement
    University of Tennessee-Knoxville - BS
    At MBA since 2011
  • Photo of Kit Lechleiter

    Mrs. Kit Lechleiter 

    Office & Database Manager
    At MBA since 2004
  • Photo of Michael Martin

    Mr. Mike Martin 98

    Director of Camps, Head Middle School Baseball Coach
    Belmont University - BS
    At MBA since 2008
  • Photo of Barry McAlister

    Mr. Barry McAlister 

    Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications - Video
    Middle Tennessee State University - BS Communications
    At MBA since 2009
  • Photo of Jason Myers

    Mr. Jake Myers 

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, Lacrosse Coach
    Duke University - BA
    Vanderbilt University - Graduate Certificate
    Rice University - Graduate Certificate
    At MBA since 2021
  • Photo of Christopher Smith

    Mr. Chris Smith 

    Boston College - BA
    At MBA since 2006
  • Photo of Millicent Vance

    Mrs. Millicent (Van Mol) Vance 

    Donor Relations & Records Manager
    University of Evansville - BS
    University of Georgia - M.Ed.
    At MBA since 2012

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