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Wedel is new interim VP for business affairs

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Interim President John Sheriff has announced the appointment of Allen R. Wedel, Newton, as the college’s new interim vice president for business affairs, beginning Nov. 2. Wedel’s term as interim vice president will coincide with that of Sheriff’s term or be extended as determined by the incoming president.

“I look forward to the opportunity to use my expertise in new ways and to give back to the college I hold so dear,” Wedel said.

Wedel has a B.A. in economics and business administration from Bethel College and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University.

Wedel was most recently general accounting manager for AGCO Corporation in Hesston, Kan, having served in that position for nearly 30 years.

“In that role, he developed annual departmental budgets, worked closely with human resources and provided strategic direction for IT projects,” said Sheriff. “His background and skills as well as familiarity with the college and community prepare him well for our VP role, including the ongoing campus-wide strategic planning.”

Wedel also serves on the Newton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Newton Community Foundation and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church Foundation Board and has taught accounting courses as an adjunct professor at Bethel College.

“In light of our current situation, it was imperative that we find someone with the right skills to begin working alongside administration immediately,” Sheriff said. “Allen brings the expertise in the field and the appreciation for Bethel’s role in the lives of today’s youth needed to make an immediate impact.”

Wedel replaces Laurie Tietjen, who resigned this past spring, and Gregg Dick in the interim.

“I would like to thank Gregg for his very effective work in the interim role,” Sheriff said. “Gregg preferred to return to the chief financial officer/controller role, as he will now do.

“Not only did Gregg take on the interim VP role very capably, he also led the college through an audit resulting in no findings, a rarity for businesses and colleges alike,” Sheriff continued. “He and the business office staff have done an excellent job under challenging circumstances.”

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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