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Duquesne University Welcomes New Executive Director of Corporate Relations

The Division of University Advancement is focusing on enhancing Duquesne’s relationships with Pittsburgh corporations, and has appointed Mary Beth Ford to lead this effort as executive director of corporate relations.


Ford, a resident of Mt. Lebanon, is familiar with Duquesne’s traditions and is excited about its growth.

“Duquesne’s location—contiguous to the downtown corporate community—creates natural opportunities for partnering,” Ford said. “Many areas of the University enjoy strong relationships with the business community, and I look forward to supporting those efforts and also to expanding our corporate outreach to include new areas of the University.”

Corporations are involved with Duquesne University in many ways: as donors, as partners in service learning and research, and through career services for internships and employment. Ford will work to expand these relationships and encourage corporate support. She will also serve as liaison with regional business organizations.

Ford comes to Duquesne from Washington & Jefferson College, where she served as director of communications and corporate relations since 2003. Previously, she worked with the American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also with the Huntington’s Disease Society, where she was national development director. Ford began her career in Pittsburgh, working in television production at WTAE-TV.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.