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Allison Boehm, ’09

Presidential Search

The Bethel College Board of Directors unanimously appointed Jonathan C. Gering as the 15th president of Bethel College Oct. 13.

The Board announced Gering as their provisional candidate for the 15th president August 24, 2017, following an extensive search launched in December 2016. The candidate, Jonathan C. Gering, with a background in science and administration, was on campus September 25 to talk with employees, students and others. Feedback from the visit was emailed to the search committee, for review by the entire Board. The campus profile provides some perspective into the attributes sought by the search committee.

Search Committee 

Chair and Board Member

  • Daniel Flickinger, ’78, Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference appointment, McUSA

Board Members

  • Kate Brubacher, Kansas City, board appointment
  • Jim Ensz, ’72, Beatrice, Nebraska, Western District Conference appointment, McUSA
  • Roberta Franz Hodgson, ’73, Spokane Washington, Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference appointment, McUSA
  • George Rogers III, ’69, Newton, Bethel Corporation appointment

Faculty Members

  • Dwight Krehbiel, ’69, professor of psychology
  • Doug Maury, ’01, associate professor of athletic training

Staff Member

  • Gregg Dick, ’87, controller and golf coach

Community Member

  • Heidi Regier Kreider, ’83, Western District Conference minister


  • Board chair through end of 2016, Heather Esau Zerger, ’96, Newton, Mennonite Education Agency appointment
  • Board chair beginning January 2017, Brett Birky, ’87, Denver, Alumni Association appointment


More information and resources about this search process will be added here as they become available.