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Bethel College announces interim academic dean appointment

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Associate professor of English Brad Born has been named interim academic dean and vice president of academic affairs for Bethel College. The appointment will take effect Nov. 15, 2005, when current Bethel College president E. LaVerne Epp steps down and current academic dean John Sheriff becomes interim president.

Born has a bachelor’s degree from Tabor College and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Kansas. He has taught at Bethel College since 1995.

In 2004, Born received the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award, given to a faculty member judged to have made an outstanding contribution to teaching.

Born currently serves on the Faculty Welfare and Faculty Personnel Committees, as well as helping to lead the academic program and General Education review process as one of four associate deans.

"Brad knows the faculty, how to lead it and how to approach tasks in a way that has the best chance of success," Sheriff said. "His colleagues respect him for his scholarly and teaching ability, his fairness and his courage of convictions. He also has the respect of students.

"In working closely with Brad on the academic program review, I have observed that his first judgments are almost always consistent with what further analysis reveals to be sound reasoning," Sheriff continued. "With Brad assuming the role of interim dean, we will be able to keep moving forward with institutional planning in the areas of the 2005 Curriculum Plan, the General Education review and the faculty role in governance. We are fortunate that he is willing to serve."

He said that discussion of the process to secure a permanent academic dean will be delayed until next year, adding, "The faculty will have a significant role in that process."

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