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New board members appointed, come from western U.S.

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Among other actions at its fall meetings Oct. 8–9, the Bethel College Board of Directors approved the appointments of two new members.

Both are Bethel alumni who bring previous experience working at the college.

Lori Schmidt-Harrison, Sherman Oaks, California, is filling an unexpired term representing the Alumni Association. Both she and Wynn Goering, Albuquerque, begin their terms Jan. 1, 2016.

Schmidt-Harrison is owner and president of Lime Twig Group, started in 2000, a marketing firm specializing in the area of higher education in the western United States.

A Hesston native, Schmidt-Harrison graduated from Bethel College in 1987 with a B.A. in speech and drama. She served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions and director of admissions at Bethel between 1987 and 1992.

Schmidt-Harrison has been an account manager at Richard Harrison Bailey/The Agency in South Bend, Indiana, director of admissions/student enrollment and director of development at Indiana University-South Bend, and director of development and alumni relations at the Wichita Collegiate School.

Schmidt-Harrison is married to Paul Harrison.

Goering, a native of Moundridge, has worked since 1997 at the University of New Mexico, where he is currently chief executive officer at UNM West in Rio Rancho, the UNM system’s newest campus.

At UNM, he has also served as special assistant to the president for branch affairs; vice provost and associate provost for academic affairs; special assistant to the president; interim vice president for advancement; chief development officer for UNM’s Anderson Schools of Management; and interim executive director at UNM-Taos.

Goering graduated from Bethel College in 1977 with majors in English and music. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English language and literature at the University of Chicago, including a four-year Danforth Fellowship during that time.

Goering also has an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UNM.

He served one year as Bethel College registrar (1990–91) and six as academic dean (1991–97).

Goering is married to Ardie Schroeder Goering.

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