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Bethel makes two new board appointments

January 14th, 2019

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The Bethel College Board of Directors recently approved the appointments of Blair Loganbill, Hesston, and Thomas A. Penner, Moorestown, N.J.          

Both are Bethel graduates whose career trajectories have taken them into management and executive roles in very different fields.

Loganbill has been director of nursing for Bluestem Communities, Kidron-Bethel campus, since 2012.

He graduated from Bethel with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1995, and previously completed a B.A. in business administration and economics from Bethel in 1980.

Between 1980 and 1993, when he entered Bethel’s nursing program, Loganbill worked in management positions for several local (Hesston and Newton) businesses, including his own small business, Heartland Home Protections.

After graduating with honors with his BSN, Loganbill worked until 2012 with Via Christi Health Systems in Wichita, first as a staff nurse and then (1998-2012) as a charge nurse, both in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).

In 2007, Loganbill received Via Christi’s St. Catherine of Siena Nurse Recognition Award, given annually to the nurse who best exemplifies Via Christi’s core values of human dignity, service, vision, competence and community.

Loganbill is married to Lisa (Habegger) Loganbill, a 1981 Bethel graduate. They are the parents of two children – Alec, a Bethel senior, and Mia, in her first year at Bethel.

Penner graduated from Bethel in 1991 with a B.A. in history and business administration. He earned an MBA with honors from the University of Michigan in 1996.

He has been president and CEO of Professional Plumbing Group, based in Conway, S.C., since 2016. In that position, he leads strategy, operations, human capital and financial performance for a private equity-owned, middle-market distribution company.

Since completing his MBA, Penner has held numerous management and executive positions, with the S.C. Johnson Company from 1996-2009; the oneCARE Company from 2009-12; and the Kohler Company from 2013-16.

Penner is married to Paige Penner and they have two children, Ryan and Mara.

Penner expressed his thanks for “the opportunity to help Bethel. I look forward to joining the team in 2019,” he said.

“As a two-time Bethel College graduate, the son, husband and sibling of Bethel graduates, and father of two Bethel students, I feel honored to be able to serve on Bethel’s Board of Directors,” Loganbill said.

“As I learn more about the past, present and future of the college, I will enter my role with open ears and an open mind. … As an alumni board appointee, I will seek the wisdom and dreams from BC’s past students, their families and friends.”

Both Penner’s and Loganbill’s appointments took effect Jan. 1. Loganbill is an Alumni Association appointment beginning his first full term, while Penner is serving an unexpired term as a board appointment.

Bethel College is the only Kansas private college listed in Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section for 2018-19. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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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.