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HLC removes Bethel from 'on Notice' 

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:06
Fall view of Bethel campus

On Nov. 8, the board of directors of the Higher Learning Commission officially notified Bethel that it has removed the college from the status of being “on Notice” and reaffirmed its accreditation.

The HLC board determined Bethel was no longer at risk of being out of compliance with criteria for accreditation.

“I would like to thank the Bethel Board of Directors for their support,” said President Jon Gering.

“Their practical ideas and commitment to the overall success of the college were critical to our strategic response.”

Board appoints Gering to second term

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 06/29/2021 - 11:32
Bethel College President Jon C. Gering

Jon C. Gering, Ph.D., has been appointed to a second term, this one for five years, as Bethel College president.

Gering began serving in the role Jan. 29, 2018. He was appointed in a unanimous vote effective July 1, 2021.

Gering is a 1994 Bethel honors graduate in biology, with master’s and doctoral degrees from Miami University of Ohio, and spent 17 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology and as an administrator at Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., before assuming the Bethel presidency.

Board welcomes new members

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 15:13
Ad Building with Threshing stone

When the Bethel Board of Directors convenes its spring meetings in early April, two new members will be joining for the first time.

Cynthia (Alexander) Doyle Perkins, Indianapolis, and Rev. Faith Allen, Kansas City, Mo., both board appointments, began their terms on Jan. 1.       

Both are Bethel graduates in education (Doyle Perkins in what was then called Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Allen in English) whose vocations have since taken them in different directions.

Bethel begins work toward new strategic plan

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 10:01
Ad Building, fall

President Jon Gering announced Feb. 1 that the college is starting the process toward developing a new strategic plan, with members of the Strategic Planning Committee now named.

In an e-mail sent to faculty and staff, Gering asked for nominations and expressions of interest for the committee, and briefly recalled the history of the previous plan.

Meeting virtually, board approves new major

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:33
Ad Building

Like most boards across the country, Bethel College’s Board of Directors held its spring 2020 meetings via videoconference, April 2-4.

One significant decision was approval of a new major, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pending subsequent approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Bethel’s accrediting body, which it did in mid-April.

This move reflects one of the strongest career interests in both prospective students and current students, that of health-care sector professions (such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and optometry).

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.