Beverly Dale is a Mississippian who was a happy and transient career Army brat in her youth. She has degrees in microbiology and biology from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Akron, and received her PhD in microbiology in 1983 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas (Southwestern Medical School). She retired from the health sciences industry in 2005 after a thirteen year tenure at Roche Molecular Systems in Pleasanton, CA, where a favorite customer and colleague was Bonnie Baskin, a Minnesota Yankee. At Roche Beverly was involved in both R&D and marketing/business development activities. Her work in the development and commercialization of HIV diagnostic tests during the turn-around in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid to late 1990’s stands as one of her most satisfying professional experiences.
Since her retirement, Beverly has been involved in philanthropy, social advocacy, and politics in California, Texas, and Mississippi. She has served as a member of The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors from 2004-2010 and 2012-2015. Her primary interests at USM include (1) support of the very excellent and nationally regarded Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, (2) enhancement of USM programs in entrepreneurship and economic development, (3) mentoring of USM students, and (4) promotion of racial reconciliation and equity. She is a Founder and former Board member of Salix Pharmaceuticals (Palo Alto and Raleigh) and former Board Member of the ODC Dance Company in San Francisco.
Beverly is committed to progress for women and girls worldwide. She supports the Clinton Foundation’s “No Ceilings” Initiative that aims to “accelerate full participation for women and girls in the 21st century.” She is the West Coast Chairperson for the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Endowment Campaign. The Ann Richards School in Austin, TX is a public/private initiative (6th – 12th grade) that specializes in STEM education and boasts 100% college acceptance for the first three graduating classes, many of these girls first in their family to attend college. Her other primary philanthropic interests include the Girl Scouts of America, and various arts organizations in Austin, including Ballet Austin, The Contemporary Austin, and the Blanton Museum.
Beverly resides in Austin, Texas and Los Altos, California.