Citing her commitment to fundraising and giving, West Virginia University has honored Wheeling resident Joan Stamp with the Order of Vandalia.
The honor came during a ceremony this past weekend in Morgantown. The Order of Vandalia recognizes those who have made far-reaching contributions to WVU long after their college years. Also receiving the honor was Elizabeth "Betsy" Brown.
Joan Corson Stamp
West Virginia University President James Clements, stands with the newest members of the Order of Vandalia — Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown, left, and Joan Stamp.
Stamp earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics in 1973. She is active in the Wheeling community and an accomplished jewelry designer.
The daughter of WVU Alma Mater composer Louis D. Corson, she is a strong advocate for WVU and has volunteered significant time and expertise in helping the institution reach its strategic goals.
She is a long-time member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors and is currently co-chairing the Northern Panhandle State of Minds committee and serving as member-at-large for the national campaign.
She is the former chair of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Gala at the Greenbrier and former chair of the WVU Rosenbaum Family House Board of Advisors. She served on WVU's College of Creative Arts Board of Visitors and is a member of the WVU Alumni Association, Woodburn Circle Society and is a founding member of the Friends of the Art Museum of WVU.
"It's just a huge honor, and it's very humbling to be invited to join the Order of Vandalia with the caliber of people in the organization, great people who do so much for West Virginia University," Stamp said.
WVU also named her a Most Loyal West Virginian in 2010.
She is married to U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. They have two children, Andrew and Elizabeth.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Brown
Brown earned her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University's College of Agriculture and Forestry in 1959. She went on to become a successful entrepreneur and amateur photographer. During her time as a WVU student, she pledged the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity, thus beginning a lifelong commitment of service to the university.
Over the years, her love for WVU has manifested itself in the many gifts of time and resources given by herself and her husband, Dan Brown, a fellow Mountaineer. The Browns' support include the establishment of the Brown Lecture Series, which brings talented and successful authors, photographers, actors, composers and others to speak on campus. They also established the Brown Family Faculty Development Fund for the College of Business and Economics and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.
In addition, the Browns have funded numerous high-profile projects across campus for Adventure West Virginia, WVU Career Services, the Mountaineer Athletic Club, the Pride of West Virginia, Blaney House, the College of Creative Arts and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute.
The Browns reside in Hilton Head, S.C.