University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 01 2001

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Executive Vice President Sylvia Mathews Is Speaker for Greenbrier Fund for Concord Dinner

Athens, W.Va. - The Concord College Foundation, Inc. is hosting its third annual Fund for Concord College Dinner on Saturday, December 1, 2001, at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Sylvia M. Mathews, a native of Hinton, W.Va., will be the guest speaker. As executive vice president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquartered in Seattle, Wash., Ms. Mathews oversees finances, administration, legal, government, public relations, public affairs, and other foundation activities.

In announcing Ms. Mathews’ appointment, Foundation founder, Bill Gates stated, "Sylvia will help us use our grant-making as a catalyst for change. Sylvia brings a critical set of skills to the table that will help us forge the strategic partnerships necessary to make a long-term impact in global health, education and access to technology."

Prior to her appointment to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Mathews served as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. As deputy director she worked with the director and the White House to develop administration policy, to coordinate administration efforts on the budget, appropriations and other legislative and management issues.

President Bill Clinton praised Mathews: "As deputy budget director, Sylvia Mathews has been a key member of my economic team and deserves a fair share of credit for the development of our economic strategy. Sylvia's steadfast commitment to public service and her first-rate intellect will make her a valuable asset for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley, also a native of Hinton said, "Sylvia Mathews is a remarkable leader who has served our country with distinction. Concord College is delighted to have Sylvia for this special event, the proceeds of which provide scholarship assistance for West Virginia students."

"I have admired not only Sylvia's superior intellect and her tremendous administrative abilities to get things done, but also her profound respect for the culture and people of West Virginia. She has never forgotten her roots in Summers County."

The evening's event begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Colonial Hall of The Greenbrier. Individual tickets for the event are $100. Tables are available for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. For more information, contact the Office of Development 1-304-384-5317 or e-mail at


Photo: Sylvia M. Mathews, a native of Hinton, W.Va., serves as executive vice president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquartered in Seattle, Wash.