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Bethel College Board names presidential search committee chair

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Board of Directors has named board member Danielle (Goering) Goering, Moundridge and Phoenix, Ariz., as chair of the presidential search committee. Goering will head the effort to find a new president for the college following E. LaVerne Epp’s announcement last month that he will step down as of Nov. 15, 2005.

The committee, still being formed, will ultimately consist of three additional representatives from the Board of Directors, two faculty members, one member of the Administration Cabinet and the Board chairperson, Greg Gaeddert, Leawood, Kan., in an ex officio role.

"This was the composition of the last search committee, which functioned well," Goering said.

Goering has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from Arizona State University and in fact never attended Bethel College. However, her family has a long history of Bethel associations, the most recent being through daughter Lisa Goering, a 1995 Bethel graduate now doing post-doctoral work at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Danielle Goering joined the Board of Directors in 1995, and has served as Board secretary as well as chair of the Directors’, Enrollment and Marketing, and Board Restructuring Committees.

Goering and her husband, Wayne Goering, divide their time between Phoenix and Danielle’s family farm (the Dan R. Goering place) near Moundridge. Before retirement, Goering worked as a clinical audiologist and owned and operated an audiology and hearing aid dispensing office. The Goerings also have a son, Daniel, who lives in Denver, Colo.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and in 2004 was named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report for the 7th straight year. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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