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Milliman named vice president for academic affairs

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College President Perry D. White has announced the appointment of Robert Milliman as vice president for academic affairs, beginning July 1.

Milliman comes to Bethel from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, where he is professor of New Testament and Greek. He has also served Cedarville in various leadership roles as a faculty member, dean of the School of Humanities, Fine Arts and Bible, executive director of academic development and academic vice president.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to assist President White and the other members of his cabinet with supporting and implementing Bethel College’s vision and mission,” Milliman said. “It is a privilege to join an academic community known not only for its rigorous instruction and liberal arts emphasis, but also for its Anabaptist values.

“The most impressive feature of Bethel, however, is the people that compose this unique community. They manifest the highest levels of professional qualifications, practices and achievements. More importantly, they are kind, open and welcoming. It is an honor now to be counted among them.”

Milliman has a Bachelor of Science in Bible and history from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a strong emphasis in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He earned his M.Div. and Th.M. (major in New Testament) degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

“We are pleased to have someone with Bob’s experience and vision join our Bethel community,” White said.

Milliman replaces Brad Born, who announced his resignation last fall and who will take a leave for the 2015-16 school year before resuming his position as professor of literary studies at Bethel.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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