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Women's history Month

Alumni Office's executive director reflects on growth, campus diversity

by Maggie Diebolt
Public Relations
During the past 43 years that Betsy Waters has worked at MUSC, she has witnessed tides of change that have brought growth to the campus, diversity to the student body and variety to research and educational programs.
Betsy Waters

A Charleston County native, Waters joined MUSC in 1966 in the Office of President William McCord, M.D., Ph.D., after graduating from a local business school.  She later graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in business. Waters held positions in the president’s office  for 18 years. 
Now, as executive director of the MUSC Alumni Office where she’s worked since 1984, Waters is at the helm of the central coordination point for the activities of the alumni associations of the MUSC colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Health Professions and Dental Medicine, and a joint alumni board with representation from each college group.
In the 25 years that Waters has coordinated alumni affairs, she most enjoys promoting the connectedness between current students and past graduates through career mentoring.
“It’s been interesting to get to know students when they’re here, and then to see them when they come back, five, 10, 20 years later for alumni functions or student mentoring programs,” she said. “A big plus for me is working here with people in this office and across campus to coordinate alumni activities and support the university in all that we do.”
The MUSC Alumni Office also is responsible for the Golden Grads Association, which is an organization for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago; and the MUSC Association of Retired Faculty. Through her work with the six colleges, Waters facilitates reaccreditation and keeps track of former graduates and residents.



Friday, March 27, 2009

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