Bridgett Raper named director of major gifts and grants

Posted on: July 20, 2012

Tennessee Wesleyan College has named Bridgett Raper as the college's director of major gifts and grants. Raper brings almost 40 years of professional experience to the position, having spent 37 years at Mayfield Dairy, 21 of those years serving as the public relations manager, growing and marketing the brand throughout her time at the company.

Tennessee Wesleyan College has named Bridgett Raper as the college’s director of major gifts and grants. Raper brings almost 40 years of professional experience to the position, having spent 37 years at Mayfield Dairy, 21 of those years serving as the public relations manager, growing and marketing the brand throughout her time at the company.

As TWC’s director of major gifts and grants, Raper will be a liaison between the college and the community, maintaining those relationships while also encouraging partnerships that will better both Tennessee Wesleyan and the Athens community.

“Being just down the street for the last 30-something years, I have watched Tennessee Wesleyan grow into an outstanding institution that does so much for the Athens community,” said Raper. “I couldn’t have become a part of the Tennessee Wesleyan family at a more exciting time.”

Having recently been named a master’s degree granting institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the college’s enrollment is expected to grow as new programs are added.

“I hope to help TWC thrive as it begins this new chapter,” said Raper. “The college is expanding and I look forward to being a part of that growth.”

Raper’s role in the college’s advancement department will be critical as the college’s leaders plan for the future.

“We are so lucky to have Bridgett as a part of our advancement team,” said Randy Nelson, TWC chief advancement officer. “She has a passion for both TWC and the Athens community. Bridgett is an asset to the college and I look forward to working with her as we garner support for Tennessee Wesleyan and help the college maintain its role as a leader in higher education in the Southeast.”