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Bethel director of development to step down at end of fiscal year

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fred Goering, Bethel College director of development, has announced his resignation, effective the end of the current fiscal year (June 30).

Goering has been in his current position since 2000. He has expressed a desire to “transition into retirement.”

Goering came to Bethel in the middle of the “Leave a Legacy” capital campaign that resulted in the construction of Voth Hall (2000) and Krehbiel Science Center (2002).

He also noted on his personal development timeline the campaign to build Thresher Stadium (2005) and the major renovation of the former Science Hall into Will Academic Center (2012).

The Bethel Fund has been a significant item in Goering’s job description for 15 years and he is pleased that “we met our goals almost every year.”

What he’ll remember most, he said, is “wonderful friends and relationships.”

“I love Bethel’s loyal constituents,” Goering said. “It has always been one of my goals to help further the work of Bethel College, to let people know what an enjoyable place it is and the good that it does. I value that as much as anything.”

Goering has strong family ties to Bethel College that he values as well. He and his first wife, the late Donna (Waltner) Goering, both graduated from Bethel as did their three daughters, Kim Cutting, Megan Waltner and Shana Goering Gingerich. Goering’s wife Beverly is also a Bethel alumna.

“In the past nine months, I’ve been given the opportunity to work and learn from Fred, and I can tell you that Bethel is at the heart and core of his being,” said Pam Thieszen, vice president for advancement. “His relationships withBethelalumni and friends built a strong support system for the Bethel Fund and numerous campus projects over the years.

“Fred’s resignation is a great loss for our department and for Bethel. We wish him well in his transition.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.