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Haynes will be new VP for student life

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Interim President John Sheriff has announced the appointment of Samuel C. Haynes, Claremont, California, as vice president for student life and dean of students.

“We are extremely fortunate, and very pleased, to have Samuel Haynes join our administrative staff,” said Sheriff. “His knowledge and experience in the student life area are extensive, and he is excited about the opportunity to partner with faculty and staff in helping every Bethel student experience all the dimensions of the wonderful education Bethel has to offer them.”

“Bethel is an amazing college,” Haynes said. “I am so excited to join the Bethel team as its new VP for student life in spring [semester] 2018! I will partner with all members of the community to continue Bethel’s legacy of being a place where all can ‘seek, serve and grow.’”

Haynes will begin in the position in January. Current Student Life staff and administrative cabinet members have been covering the VPSL duties since Aaron Austin’s resignation in August.

Haynes comes to Bethel with more than 23 years’ experience in the areas of student life and student affairs, including 16 years in an assistant or associate dean position at Amherst College in Massachusetts, 2000-08; Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 2008-11; and, most recently, Scripps College in Claremont.

From Oct. 2013 through Aug. 2014, Haynes served as acting dean of students at Scripps College following the unexpected death of the dean.

As associate dean of campus life at Scripps, Aug. 2014-Aug. 2017, Haynes was the chief administrator responsible for the supervision and direction of two offices, Student Activities (with oversight of New Student Orientation) and Residential Life.

Among his responsibilities were serving as a Primary Contact Dean to address firsthand all student concerns, academic and other; assisting with the administration and oversight of the college judicial process involving matters of social conduct; maintaining up-to-date knowledge of crisis management and intervention (including changes and additions to Title IX, the Cleary Act, FERPA, alcohol use/abuse education and all new practices focused around bystander intervention and sexual assault); and assisting with fall leadership training for student government members, resident assistants and new student program/peer mentors; and overseeing new and transfer student orientation.

A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Haynes has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He began his career in student life as a graduate student.

As vice president for student life and dean of students, Haynes will coordinate many of the services Bethel provides to students, focusing on aspects of student involvement, student development and well-being, and student satisfaction. Student government, campus housing, spiritual life and student activities, among others, fall under the Office of Student Life auspices.

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college 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 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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