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Bethel Board Executive Committee names chair, reps for presidential search

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Executive Committee of the Bethel College Board of Directors, in its Nov. 1 meeting, approved five board members to the presidential search committee, and last week finalized the committee’s membership.

Daniel P. Flickinger, San Francisco, will chair the search committee. Board members joining Flickinger on the committee are Kate Brubacher, Kansas City (board appointment), Jim Ensz, Beatrice, Nebraska (representing Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA), Roberta Franz Hodgson, Spokane Washington (representing Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference of MC USA), and George Rogers III Newton (Bethel Corporation appointment).

Flickinger, the board representative from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference of MC USA, is senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), and information and project manager of the LinGo Laboratory at CSLI, located at Stanford University.

Flickinger will head the effort to find a new president for Bethel College, following Perry D. White’s announcement in October that he will step down at the end of this academic year.

“As chair of the presidential search committee, Dan brings experience in higher education combined with a deep passion for Bethel College,” said Heather Esau Zerger, Newton, who is board chair through the end of 2016. “We are pleased he has agreed to lead the search for Bethel’s next president.”

Last week, the Executive Committee approved the final committee composition, which includes two Bethel faculty and one staff representative.

These are Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, Doug Maury, associate professor of athletic training and director of Bethel’s AT program, and Gregg Dick, controller and golf coach.

“We are grateful to this tremendous committee for their dedication and willingness to serve in this important role,” Zerger added.

Since the search process will bridge the terms of two board chairs, both Zerger (Mennonite Education Agency appointment) and Brett Birky, Denver, board chair beginning January 2017 (Alumni Association appointment), will serve in ex officio roles. Once the committee convenes, the need for additional representatives from the broader constituency will be assessed.

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