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Schrag will be Bethel's new VP for institutional advancement

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Interim President John K. Sheriff has announced the appointment of Eric Schrag as vice president for institutional advancement, to begin July 1.

Schrag comes to Bethel from Bethesda Home in Goessel, where he has worked since 2006, most recently as the organization’s administrator and CEO (since 2012).

Bethel’s former VPIA, Pamela Tieszen, became superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite Schools in January of this year. Fred Goering has been serving as interim VPIA.

Schrag is no stranger to Bethel College nor to its Office of Advancement. He is a 1998 graduate with a B.A. in communication arts, and was associate director of development at Bethel from 2003-06.

In that capacity, Schrag was part of a successful $7.5 million capital campaign for Thresher Stadium, completed in 2005.

From 2006-09, Schrag was director of marketing and development at Bethesda Home, during which time he oversaw a $2.8 million capital campaign to remodel the entire facility.

In 2009, Schrag added the title and responsibilities of assistant administrator. In 2011, he became Bethesda Home’s administrator and in 2012 the CEO.

Bethesda is a continuing care retirement community with 45 skilled-nursing beds, 10 assisted-living beds and 26 independent-living units.

Under Schrag’s leadership, it has maintained a steady presence in the 90th percentile in Kansas for both nursing care and independent living.

Schrag has served on several local and statewide boards – among them, Leading Age Kansas Employee Benefits, Inc. (as vice chair), Kansas Department of Transportation Community Transportation District #6 (secretary), Progressive Healthcare Alliance (chair), Citizens State Bank advisory board and the USD 411 Board of Education.

“Eric’s personal integrity, experience and competency in fundraising, his high energy level and love for Bethel College make him an ideal person to fill this important role,” Sheriff said. “I am very glad that Eric is eager to join the administrative leadership at Bethel.”

“I am excited about taking this position,” Schrag said. “I very much look forward to working together with Interim President Sheriff and the other members of the administrative cabinet to further strengthen Bethel for many years to come.”

Schrag is the son of Bethel College graduates, married to graduate Gretchen (Gering) Schrag. They live near Goessel with their daughter and two sons.

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