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Kohlman appointed new alumni director

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Pam Tieszen, Bethel College vice president for institutional advancement, has announced the appointment of Brad Kohlman, Whitewater, as the new director of alumni relations, beginning July 1.

He’ll be filling some big shoes, as Dave Linscheid retires June 10 after 16 years in the position.

Kohlman comes to Bethel after a year as director at Hesston Recreation & Community Education (HRCE).

Before that, he taught Grade 5 at Ewalt Elementary School, Augusta, and coached high school basketball, from 2007-2015.

Kohlman graduated from Bethel in 2007 with a B.S. in elementary education. While at Bethel, he also served three years as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

Kohlman earned an M.Ed. in sports management from Wichita State University, which included an internship at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.

“I am looking forward to building upon the solid foundation that Dave has provided over the last 16 years,” said Kohlman. “It is exciting to be part of a community that has meant so much to me and so many others.”

“I am pleased to announce the most recent addition to the advancement team,” Tieszen said. “As a 2007 alumnus, Brad offers a new perspective to the office of alumni relations, and the many events generated by the Alumni Association. Watch for new events as Brad begins his new responsibilities.”

Kohlman is married to Bethel graduate Megan (Klaassen) Kohlman. They have one child, Lincoln, age 3.

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