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New leaders bring experience to Development and Alumni areas

September 20, 2022

The Liberty University Development Division includes the departments of Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Development, Flames Club, and Planned Giving. Under the direction of Interim President Jerry Prevo, the division is transforming for future relationship-building and fundraising. This includes the addition of two experienced leaders in higher education development who are now in place and working to advance Liberty’s future.

Rob Ritz, Liberty’s Chief Financial Officer stated, “To gain two strong leaders in higher education development — who also love the Lord and enthusiastically support Liberty’s mission to Train Champions for Christ — for me, is a humbling reminder that God continues to sovereignly work out Liberty’s future.”

Benita Hopkins

Assistant Vice President of Development

Ms. Hopkins came to Liberty from the University of South Carolina – Upstate, where she served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations. Her previous experience includes fundraising and administrative positions at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the March of Dimes Foundation, Girls Incorporated of Huntsville, and Girl Scouts of Central Alabama.

Brett Riley 

Assistant Vice President of Development Engagement

In his new role, Mr. Riley is focused on Alumni Affairs and developing new strategies for engagement. He came to Liberty after serving in multiple Development roles at the University of Alabama, and he has also worked in various Development and Alumni Affairs roles at the Oklahoma State University Foundation and Western Kentucky University. Early in his career, he worked to support football operations at WKU and served in the clubhouse for the Atlanta Braves. 

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