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I love the community here at Bethel. We are a 500-member support group. I am going to miss that more than anything.
Elizabeth Shelly ’12

President's Cabinet

Perry White

Perry White

President
Ext: 241
Phone: 316-284-5241
Education:
  • B.A. Luther College 1983
  • M.M. University of Missouri-Kansas City 1988
  • D.M.A. University of Oklahoma 1998
About Perry:

Perry D. White currently serves as the 14th President of Bethel College, North Newton, KS, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to his arrival in central Kansas, he served as Vice President of Advancement and Admissions at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI and as Vice President for Advancement at Monmouth College.

Before his move into College Administration, Perry served six years as the Director of Choral Activities and Music Department Chair at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. His previous teaching experience includes: serving as Director of Choral Activities at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas; Director of Choral Activities at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge; and Director of Vocal Activities at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Perry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he studied with the esteemed Weston Noble. In 1988 he received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City under the tutelage of Dr. Eph Ehly. Upon completion of his dissertation (The Whole Conductor: Weston Noble's Philosophies on the Psychology of Conducting and Musicianship), Perry received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma in May of 1998, where he studied with Dr. Dennis Shrock.

A member of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference, Dr. White is listed in the 52nd edition of Who’s Who in America, the 22nd edition of Who's Who in the American Midwest, and the 7th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He has received the ACDA Musician's Medal from the Iowa Choral Directors Association, the Michael Schaefer Scholarship for Promising Conductors and the Gail Boyd de Stwolinsky Award for Professional Excellence from the University of Oklahoma. He was the winner of the 1986 inaugural student conducting competition sponsored by the Missouri chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Kent Allshouse

Kent Allshouse

Athletic Director, Head Cross Country Coach, Head Track Coach
Ext: 283
Phone: 316-284-5283
Education:
  • B.S. Graceland University 1984
  • M.S. Emporia State University 2010
Aaron Austin

Aaron Austin

Vice President for Student Life
Ext: 324
Phone: 316-284-5324
Education:
  • B. Music Education Kansas State University 1997
  • M.Ed. Arizona State University 2002
About Aaron:

Aaron L. Austin has served as Vice President for Student Life at Bethel College since 2012. Aaron earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in Music Education and completed a minor in American Ethnic Studies. Eventually, Aaron moved on to Arizona State University – Tempe, where he completed a Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. from Texas Tech University, and plans to focus on Black Male Achievement as a research focus.

Aaron has worked in professional positions at Kansas State University, Arizona State University, the University of California – San Diego, and Texas Tech University, and has a variety of experiences ranging from fraternity advising to student conduct boards.

Originally from Garden City, KS, Aaron is excited to be back in Kansas and to work with the Student Life staff to develop, implement, and maintain a quality Student Life department that provides the best experience possible to Bethel College students.

Jeffrey Baylor

Jeffrey Baylor

Vice President for Admissions
Ext: 339
Phone: 316-284-5339
Education:
  • BA in Business Marietta College 1993
  • MA.Ed Marietta College 1993
  • MBA Tiffin University 2003
Brad Born

Brad Born

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Literary Studies
Ext: 238
Phone: 316-284-5238
Education:
  • B.A. Tabor College 1984
  • M.A. University of Kansas 1987
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas 1993
About Brad:

Since 2005 Brad S. Born has served as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethel College (KS), a primarily residential, liberal arts college with distinctive emphases in undergraduate research, cross-cultural learning, and peace, justice and conflict studies. Brad earned his Ph.D. in English, and his scholarly interests have focused on antebellum American literature, in particular literature of the sea and early African American literature. His teaching has spanned a wide range of topics in both American and English literature, including war literature, detective fiction, and a January-term theatre course in London. Major achievements during his nearly ten-year tenure as chief academic officer include leading two major curriculum revisions to successful and timely completion, leading two comprehensive institutional self-study processes that have secured the maximum ten-year re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, and sustaining academic strength by recruiting excellent tenure-track teachers to replace a high number of retiring faculty.

Lori Livengood

Lori Livengood

Vice President for Marketing and Communication
Ext: 227
Phone: 316-284-5227
Education:
  • B.S. – Print Journalism Kansas State University 1997
  • M.S. – Management Friends University 2002
About Lori:

Lori currently serves as vice president for marketing and communications. In this cabinet-level position, she is responsible for collaborating with administrative colleagues, as well as leading committees, to develop, implement and maintain an integrated approach to marketing. By providing vision and leadership for the campus community in general and a three-person team in particular, Lori has helped achieve specific objectives that support Bethel’s strategic goals of “growing enrollment” and “enhancing our regional and national reputation.” Most recently, this includes increased use of social media, expanded regional advertising and development of a mobile website, all of which have resulted in increased numbers of college applications. When Bethel marked its 125th anniversary in 2012, Lori co-chaired the event planning committee for the celebration, and shepherded the process of redesigning Bethel’s alumni magazine, website (once again) and annual report to donors in conjunction with the anniversary year.

Lori began her tenure at Bethel College in 2006 as director of institutional communications, focusing on improving the quality of our marketing tools. This included developing a full sequence of admissions print collateral and completely reworking the college website, from look to navigation to programming, calling on the expertise of personnel within Bethel’s Information and Media Services department. Validating our efforts, the 2008 website redesign earned a CASE award for excellence in multimedia. Lori also led a process of tapping into the expertise of alumni to conduct research with students, employees and campus constituency that identified the distinctives of a Bethel College educational experience. This research was then boiled down to potential positioning statements by a local advertising agency and resulted in Bethel’s tagline (“Seek. Serve. Grow.”), a unanimous choice of Bethel stakeholders.

Before coming to Bethel, Lori was assistant director of public relations at Friends University, Wichita, for eight years. While there, she expanded the role of the public relations office to include not only writing but also design services, managing editorial content as well as graphic presentation of a variety of university printed materials. In the position at Friends, Lori earned five CASE awards for excellence in graphic design, fundraising materials and advertising.

Lori has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in management from Friends University. She has taught dance and yoga to students of all ages as well as served as instructor for teacher education continuing education workshops. When she’s not working, Lori enjoys dancing, fishing, hunting and quiet country life in the small town of Odin, Kansas.

Pamela Tieszen

Pamela Tieszen

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Ext: 349
Phone: 316-284-5349
Education:
  • BA Jamestown College 1987
  • MA University of Sioux Falls 2004
About Pamela:

Pam has 6 years of administrative and 13 years of teaching experience in both the public and private high school sector of education in South Dakota. Pam also served on the executive committee of Mennonite Schools prior to becoming VP of Advancement at Bethel College July, 2014. Pam is currently enrolled in a leadership doctoral program at University of St. Thomas.

Allen Wedel

Allen Wedel

Vice President for Business Affairs
Ext: 242
Phone: 316-284-5242
Education:
  • B.A. Bethel College 1969
  • M.B.A. Wichita State University 1988
About Allen:

1974–2009 Worked at AGCO Corporation, Hesston location, in various accounting positions. Last position there was General Accounting Manager, responsible for general ledger, budgets, forecasting, and payroll.

2009–present VP for Business Affairs at Bethel College.