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Search committee to hold listening sessions on campus Jan. 9

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Members of the Bethel College Presidential Search Committee will be on campus Monday, Jan. 9, to hold listening sessions with various groups and individuals.

“We want to hear from all those who are willing to give counsel and perspectives for the presidential search,” said Dan Flickinger, San Francisco, Bethel board member and search committee chair.

Listening sessions will be held in Will Academic Center Room 108, with different times set aside for different groups, including current faculty, current staff, current students, retired/former faculty and staff, and local alumni.

The session for alumni and former faculty and staff is at 11 a.m. Jan. 9.

Flickinger will also be available for individual conversations Monday evening and Tuesday until 1 p.m.

To schedule a time with Flickinger or for more information, contact Rosa Barrera in the Office of the President, 316-284-5241 or

The search committee welcomes questions and comments at any time at

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.

Current Bethel president Perry D. White announced last October that he would step down at the end of the 2016–17 academic year.

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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