Butler's First Lady
President Danko's wife, Bethanie Danko, was a higher-education writer, editor, and researcher for nearly a decade before arriving at Butler University. She also has an MFA in creative writing and works in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
Prior to her writing career, Bethanie taught English both domestically and abroad. In the United States, she taught ESL and GED preparation as part of a community education program for adults. Outside the United States, she taught at a college in south-central Poland under the auspices of the Harvard Center for International Development.
She currently serves on the board of directors of Indy Reads, a nonprofit organization that promotes and improves the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana.
Having grown up in rural Vermont, Bethanie is fond of nature, wildlife, pets of every kind, and snowy winters. Bethanie and Jim Danko enjoy spending their free time attending Butler student games, events, and performances and traveling to see family members throughout New England and Ohio. They also enjoy vacationing on North Carolina's Crystal Coast with their dog, Zooey.