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New faces, roles in Office of Student Life

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces several new appointments in the Office of Student Life at Bethel College.

Chad Childs, Newton, began in June as vice president for student life. Before coming to Bethel, Childs was director of the Regional Prevention Center of South Central Kansas, at Mirror, Inc. in Newton. Before that, he worked at Sumner Mental Health Center for two years and at Prairie View Mental Health Services for more than seven years.

Childs graduated from Bethel College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in natural science and later received a master’s degree in family therapy from Friends University. He replaces Aaron Chappell-Deckert, who with his family has taken an assignment in Colombia with Mennonite Central Committee.

“I am very pleased that Chad is joining our senior management team,” said Bethel College President Barry C. Bartel. “As a first-generation Bethel graduate, Chad understands the Bethel culture. Chad’s work experience in administration and counseling prepares him well and gives him perspectives from outside of Bethel.”

“I am humbled and honored to return to my alma mater in the role of VP for student life, as I had a great experience as a student and understand the value of a Bethel education,” Childs said. “I look forward to serving Bethel students as they realize their tremendous potential, and am thrilled about some exciting projects we are working on that will enhance the student experience and strengthen the Bethel community.”

As vice president for student life, Childs will coordinate many of the services provided by the college to students, focusing on aspects of student involvement, student development and well-being, and student satisfaction.

“Bethel is already a great place to be a student,” Childs added, “and we are creatively striving to find innovative and adventurous ways to make it even better.”

“[Chad] has already brought new energy to our residence life planning, food service options and campus ministry,” Bartel said. “[He] is committed to a strong student experience and is an excellent addition to the leadership team.”

Bartel also announced two other new appointments in the Office of Student Life.

Dale Schrag has accepted the position of campus pastor, which he will take on in addition to his current duties as director of church relations and convocation coordinator. Schrag first started working at Bethel in 1984 and over the years has served as director of libraries and director of marketing and church relations. He has a B.A. from Bethel College, a master of library science degree from Indiana University and an M.A. from Wichita State University.

As campus pastor, Schrag will coordinate spiritual life activities on campus, including Wednesday morning chapel services.

Scott Befort will be resident director of Warkentin Court. He has a B.A. in interpersonal and public communications from Oklahoma Baptist University. For the past 10 years, Befort worked at Prairie View in the hospital and the residential treatment facility as well as with recreation and Adventure Course activities and community based services.

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 was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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