Alumni Relations at Mars Hill University

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Mission Statement

The Mars Hill Alumni Association, a vital member of the university community, is dedicated to advancing Mars Hill's pursuit of its highest potential. The alumni association provides a forum for meaningful involvement and interaction among alumni, students, and university leaders.

Phone: (828) 689-1102
Email: Alumni Office
Address: Alumni Office, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Welcome Mars Hill University Alumni! You are an important member of nearly 25,000 Alumni of Mars Hill University living all over the world. Regardless of where you live, we hope that all of our graduates remain active members of the Mars Hill community. Our goal is to help you reconnect with the University and spark some fond memories of your time as a student here. We’d especially like to officially welcome the Class of 2015 to the community of Mars Hill Alumni!

For additional information and to find out more about event happenings in your area, please visit our events page or contact John Chastain at

John ChastainJohn Chastain

Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (828) 689-1434
Office: Blackwell Hall
Education: B.S., Mars Hill College (2002).

John Chastain '02 joined Mars Hill University as a development officer in February 2014. He became the alumni relations firector in June 2015.

"Mars Hill holds a special place in my heart," John says. "As a student, I really excelled and developed as person. I attribute many of the things I have today to Mars Hill and my time here as a student. I am very thankful to be back here working in Development and I feel like I am home."

He lives in Asheville with his wife, Rhian.


Ophelia H. DeGroot

Alumni Relations Resource ConsultantFifi
Phone: (828) 689-1438
Office: Blackwell Hall
Education: A.A., MHC (1958), B.S., English Education, Appalachian State in (1960), M.Ed, English Education, UNC-G in (1968).

I came to Mars Hill University in 2001 after serving in enrollment at UNC-Greensboro and Florida State University. My family has had a long relationship with the university: I'm a 1958 alum; my late husband, Jack, was on the board of advisors; and my daughter Gretchen graduated from Mars Hill in 1996.

I live in Mars Hill and am a member, deacon, and substitute Sunday school teacher at Mars Hill Baptist Church. I'm also a member of the Rotary Club and serve on Rotary Executive Board, am an executive board member of SART Guild, and a member of Mars Hill Woman's Club.

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