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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Registrar Rodney Frey has been recognized by his professional peers with an award for distinguished service.

At the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, held earlier this fall, Frey received KACRAO’s highest honor, the Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award. He is the first staff person from a Kansas private college to receive the award since it was initiated in 1987.

The Laura Cross Award goes to individuals who have served in an enrollment management position for a substantial portion of their careers and have made significant contributions to KACRAO.

Frey became Bethel registrar in 1991. Before moving into that position, he had been a professor in and chair of Bethel’s industrial arts department, starting in 1975. He has a B.S. from Bethel College, an M.S. from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement at Cowley College, Arkansas City, presented Frey with the award. As the immediate past president of KACRAO, Schears serves as chair of its Accolades and Awards Committee.

“[Rodney Frey] has provided insightful and reflective leadership through his service to the association in everything from his service on the Executive Council to the questions he asks in conference sessions,” Schears said as he presented the award. “One of the individuals who nominated him said, ‘His dedication and commitment to KACRAO is commendable. After many years in the profession, his care and concern for KACRAO is as strong today as it’s always been. Whether it’s a town meeting, business meeting or an interest session, one can always count on him to be there to participate and show his support.’

“Having served in our profession as the registrar at Bethel College since 1991, Rodney has long been known for providing thoughtful feedback and staying abreast of situations and issues facing the profession,” Schears continued. “He has taught at a number of colleges and high schools, including at secondary schools in Zambia, and specialized in metalworking and woodworking at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the doctoral level, Frey’s focus was on industrial education and secondary education, including organization, administration, research methods and statistics and instructional media.

“The individual who nominated him sums it up best by saying, ‘His continued involvement not only as an active member, but in leadership roles as well, is something that we all should aspire to,’” Schears concluded.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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