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New Director of Development for School of Dentistry

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 3:05pm

Elizabeth K. "Beth" Wilson

UTSD Director of Development Beth Wilson 

Elizabeth K. “Beth” Wilson, MS, is the new director of development for The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She began the job June 23 and will report to Dean John A. Valenza, DDS.

Wilson was most recently employed as vice president of resource development for Bering Omega Community Services, and she has worked in nonprofit health care development for 25 years, with a resume that includes the American Heart Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Diabetes Association and Cancer Counseling, Inc.

A native of Florida, she grew up in northwest Houston and graduated from Jersey Village High School, where she and Associate Professor Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD, were classmates. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s degree in psychology, both from the University of Phoenix.

Wilson lives in Pearland with her husband of 10 years, Lou Wilson, their three dogs and a cat. Between them, the Wilsons have six grown children and four grandsons — some in Pearland and others in St. Louis and New Orleans. 

She was interested in UTSD, she said, because of the opportunity to help others. “At the School of Dentistry, that involves so many layers – students, faculty, donors, the general public. I get to help make a difference in so many lives,” she said.

Valenza said he is thrilled to have Wilson join the team.

“The fundraising needs for the school have definitely changed since we created this position back before the new building,” he said, “and Beth brings a unique set of qualifications and talents that will move us in many new and exciting directions.”

Over the next few months, she’ll be learning the job and looking for ways to make an impact in funding sources.  Her office is in Suite 6152. Reach her at or 713-486-4380.