NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Board held its annual spring meeting on campus March 4-6.
Interim President John Sheriff, along with faculty, students and various board committee representatives reported on recruitment strategies; fiscal management; governance; enhancing relationships with the wider church; and sharpening the college’s mission statement.
Lori Livengood, vice president for marketing and communications, introduced the recently researched and approved tag line for Bethel promotional material, “Seek. Serve. Grow.,” which was presented to the wider college community March 8.
The board approved tenure for Allison McFarland, professor of management and marketing, who holds the Walter C. and Helen E. Claassen Chair of Business Administration, and promoted James Pisano to associate professor of music.
The board approved a plan to reconstruct the college tennis courts. The project will include building new courts with fencing and windscreen in the current location on the north side of campus. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 22 at 4 p.m. (during Alumni Weekend), with the project intended to be completed by October.
The board welcomed Brent Auernheimer, Reedley, Calif., as a new member and acknowledged the service of Evelyn Bertsche, Normal, Ill., who has concluded her term.
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 Forbes.com’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 www.bethelks.edu.