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Presidential search committee gives update at spring board meetings

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Presidential Search Committee has reported on progress thus far and plans going forward.

Discussion of the search process was a major agenda item at the Bethel College Board spring meeting, March 31-April 1.

Search Committee Chair Dan Flickinger, San Francisco, said that eight individuals have applied “with all required materials” and that he has talked with three of those.

There are an additional 50 names that came through the board’s on-campus visits in January, a survey sent to faculty, staff, alumni and friends in February, and other recommendations.

“Our mission before the end of April is to send e-mails to invite formal applications,” Flickinger said.

“There is now a campus profile available that includes a complete list of the desired skills and attributes for Bethel’s next president,” Flickinger added. “Please point people to that profile, and continue to send us your suggestions.”

See the “campus profile” link at www.bethelks.edu; e-mail questions and comments at any time to

Flickinger also reported that the search committee will be communicating monthly with the Bethel administrative cabinet and Board and that in mid-May, he will be on campus either to bring a candidate of choice for a visit or to personally update faculty, staff and students on the status of the search otherwise.

“We hope to arrive at a short list of 3-5 candidates and set up in-person meetings, a half-day for each, with the entire search committee,” Flickinger said, describing the process to arrive at a candidate of choice.

He also told the Bethel Board that if it seems by the end of April that there is no viable candidate available to begin July 1, current Interim President John Sheriff will be offered the interim position for the 2017-18 academic year.

Members of the presidential search committee, in addition to Flickinger, are Kate Brubacher, Kansas City, Jim Ensz, Beatrice, Nebraska, Roberta Franz Hodgson, Spokane, Washington, and George Rogers III, Newton, for the board; Dwight Krehbiel and Doug Maury representing Bethel faculty and Gregg Dick representing Bethel staff; Heidi Regier Kreider for Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA; and Heather Esau Zerger, Newton, former Bethel board chair, and Brett Birky, Denver, current board chair, ex officio.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas 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 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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