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Board Executive Committee names chair, reps for presidential search

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Executive Committee of the Bethel College Board of Directors has approved 11 members (two ex officio) for the presidential search committee.

Daniel P. Flickinger, San Francisco, will chair the search committee. Board members joining Flickinger on the committee are Kate Brubacher, Kansas City, Jim Ensz, Beatrice, Nebraska, Roberta Franz Hodgson, Spokane, Washington, and George Rogers III, Newton.

Flickinger 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, board chair through the end of 2016. “We are pleased he has agreed to lead the search for Bethel’s next president.”

Also included on the search committee are two Bethel faculty and one staff representative: 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.

The committee rounded out its membership with the addition of Heidi Regier Kreider, North Newton, conference minister for Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, who “represents the wider church through her direct connections to the congregations in the district and to other Mennonite church leaders and pastors,” Flickinger said. “Her long service as a pastor provides perspective for Bethel’s mission, which is important to the committee’s work.”

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

Since the search process is bridging the terms of two board chairs, both Zerger and Brett Birky, Denver, board chair beginning January 2017, will serve in ex officio roles.

An upcoming component of the committee’s work will be on-campus listening sessions to take place Jan. 9. Students, faculty, staff and local alumni will be invited to share with search committee members their thoughts regarding the next Bethel College president.

“We realize not everyone will be on campus during interterm,” Flickinger said, “but the committee is working to bring a clear candidate to campus before the end of the current academic year and wants to get input and guidance from the campus community as soon as possible.

“The search committee invites direct communication from individuals before and after these listening sessions.”

Periodic updates will be posted online at www.bethelks.edu

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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