Bellefeuille Transitions to Role as Interim President of Bethel University

Karis Kindinger

On June 1, Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed. D., officially began her role as Interim President of Bethel University. Bellefeuille previously served as the Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel, and transitioned to her current position following the appointment of former president Gregg A. Chenoweth, Ph. D, as president of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

“I am honored to serve as Interim President for Bethel University,” says Bellefeuille. “Faith based-higher education is essential. I look forward to working with the excellent students, faculty and staff of Bethel to further cultivate spiritual growth, academic success and discipleship around campus.”

As interim president, Bellefeuille will carry on institutional advances including the innovative culture, flourishing spiritual life, and academic excellence that define Bethel.

Bellefeuille has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to coming to Bethel, she spent 21 years at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Ga., with roles including vice president of academics and professor of teacher education and department chair. She has also participated in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Women’s Leadership Development Institute.

Additionally, Bradley Smith, Ph. D., transitioned to the role of Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel on June 1. Smith has served the university for 27 years, most recently as Dean of Humanities & Social Science and Associate Professor of Economics. He is committed to investing in and advocating for the faculty and programs that make the Bethel experience so impactful.

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