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Kohlman becomes VP for institutional advancement

February 28th, 2019

Brad Kohlman speaks at an Alumni Heritage Weekend event.

Brad Kohlman moves from his position as director of alumni development into a vice president role in advancement.

Bethel College President Jonathan Gering announced the appointment Feb. 27, to begin immediately.

Kohlman came to Bethel as director of alumni relations in 2016 and, since 2017, has been director of alumni development.

He is a 2007 Bethel graduate, with a B.S. in elementary education. He also earned a Master of Education in sport management from Wichita State University in 2013, and is completing hours toward becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

From 2007-15, Kohlman taught 5th grade at Ewalt Elementary School in Augusta, where he was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year. He was director of Hesston Recreation and Community Education, 2015-16.

“Throughout the interview process,” Gering said, “Brad demonstrated vision and skills that will serve the advancement office and Bethel College well into the future.

“Brad was hired from a competitive national search that had 20 qualified applicants. He comes to the VPIA position with experience in planned giving, major gift development and marketing.” 

Kohlman currently serves on the board of Hesston Community Childcare Center, as the college representative to the Bethel College Student Alumni Association, and as chair of the Bethel College Relations Team at Bethel College Mennonite Church, where he and his family attend.

He is married to Bethel graduate Megan (Klaassen) Kohlman, a 7th-grade language arts teacher at Hesston Middle School. They live in Hesston and are the parents of two young sons.

Former Bethel College VPIA Eric Schrag left last year to become director of advancement at Prairie View in Newton. In the interim, Brad Schmidt has been serving as director of the advancement office at Bethel.

Bethel College is the only Kansas private college listed in the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, both for 2018-19. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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