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You Can Go Home Again

Proud alumna Beth Carney '82 returns as St. Catherine's new director of development.

After graduation, most Katies are ready to test their wings in the world outside the University. Beth Carney spread hers within her alma mater after graduating as a psychology major in 1982.

"Opportunity kept presenting itself here," explains Carney, who worked at St. Kate's for 18 years.

Twelve years later, opportunity brought her back to St. Catherine. Carney recently accepted the position of director of development at the University where she is overseeing all aspects of fundraising, from the Annual Fund and Gift Planning to Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Previously at St. Catherine, Carney worked in positions that included admission counselor and chief of staff for the president.

Eventually, outside job opportunities lured Carney beyond campus. Using skills she had honed at St. Kate's, she took on more grant writing and fundraising. Later, as vice president for the Minnesota Private College Fund, she secured the organization's largest-ever corporate gift —over $1 million. Her latest position was senior development officer for the College of St. Benedict.

Vice President for External Relations Marjorie Mathison Hance '70 is thrilled with her new hire. "We haven't had a director of development position for 10 years," she says. "Beth will easily slip into this new role and provide strong leadership as we move forward."

Carney has a reputation for her quick wit, and she is fast to make fun of herself. Because she treasures the quiet of early morning hours, she sometimes ends up at work wearing mismatched shoes. "I dress in the dark," she explains with a laugh.

"I take my work seriously, but I try not to take myself seriously," adds Carney, whose family includes two daughters and a stepdaughter, all young adults. "Humor helps me relate to people."

Anyone who's ever asked for money knows you hear "no" more often than you hear "yes." Carney views her work as an opportunity to "help people fulfill their philanthropic goals and create a legacy," and she asks others to join her in supporting causes for which they have a passion — like St. Catherine University: "I share its values," she says. "I am its product." — Elizabeth Child

From the Heart Karen Jothen MAOL '06Beth Carney '82, new director of development.