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Smith Billings, Beverly

Beverly
Smith-Billings
Year Inducted: 
2005
Beverly Smith Billings
Highlights: 
  • President of Alvamar, Inc. and Alvamar Realty, Inc.
  • Member of the KU Endowment Association’s Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Board member for Women Philanthropists for KU Friends of KU Women’s Studies
  • Founding member of the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture
  • Spearheaded the development of the Bob Billings Cardiac Evaluation Center in Lawrence
  • Honored by State of Kansas for rebuilding the Lawrence branch of American Association of University Women
Biography: 

According to Dale Seuferling, President, KU Endowment Association, “Beverly Smith Billings is a KU alumna who, through her business career and volunteerism, serves as an exemplary role model for students to aspire as future career women and community leaders.”  Beverly Smith Billings, or Bev, as she is called by her friends, has made countless contributions to both KU and the Lawrence community.  Ms. Billings is a KU graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology.  She also pursued doctoral studies in Psychology.

Bev has a long history of leadership and involvement in the KU community and has actively supported the advancement of women through her support.  She became a member of the KU Endowment Association’s Board of Trustees in 2004.  Out of 70 members, she is one of nine women on this board.  Dale Seuferling says of Bev’s involvement that she “has served to advance our university …not only by her direct contributions and volunteer service, but also by virtue of the significance of her example as a role model for so many KU women.”

A good friend of Emily Taylor, Ms. Billings has been a member of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center Advisory Board since 1998 and was a founding member of the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture.  In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Women Philanthropists for KU and is an Advisory Board member of Friends of KU Women’s Studies.   Ann Gardner, Editorial Page Editor, Lawrence Journal World, has worked together with Ms. Billings in many organizations and says of her, “In all of her roles, Bev is a role model for involvement and caring”.  She helped rebuild the Lawrence branch of American Association of University Women, serving as both the vice-president and president.  She was honored by the State of Kansas for her volunteer efforts to lead this organization.  Ann Gardner further states that “she has a keen interest in students and their accomplishments and generously supports their efforts with both her time and her financial resources.”  Bev also recently helped establish a women’s basketball scholarship in the name of KU Coach Bonnie Henrickson. 

Bev is also an active citizen of the Lawrence community.  In her role as President of Alvamar, Inc. and Alvamar Realty, Inc., Bev has actively taken a role in preserving the community interests.  According to John McGrew, friend and owner, Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, “Alvamar contributes not only economically but also to the quality of life we enjoy in Lawrence.  Bev is also on the Board of Directors for both the H. Neil Mecaskey, Jr. Foundation and Douglas County Senior Services. She has also contributed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital through financial support and service.  She serves on the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Board of Directors.  She spearheaded the development of the Bob Billings Cardiac Evaluation Center, which provides education about heart disease and promotes seeking early treatment.  Kathy Clausing, Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, describes Bev’s energy and character as “unmatched.”

Judy Wright, Assistant Vice President and Director, Chancellor’s Club concludes that Bev’s “thoughtfulness and generosity are extraordinary.”  It is clear that her impact can be felt at individual, departmental, university and state-wide levels.


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