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Lissa Diaz
As Hoosiers struggled at the ballot box this week to determine who the nation’s leader should be, the Bethel College Governing Board of Trustees acted unanimously in their decision to give seventh Bethel president, Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., a contract extension through 2021.

Board Chairman, Brian Hamil ‘82, announced this reappointment following the Board’s spring meeting. He is managing partner in the Ft. Wayne CPA firm of Hamil, Lehman & England, PC and National Chair of Biomedical Services for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Chenoweth’s new contract reflects the confidence the Governing Board of Trustees has in his leadership,” says Hamil. “We appreciate the achievements he has made and look forward to having Gregg and Tammy Chenoweth remain a part of the Bethel College community for many more years.”

Chenoweth’s primary focus has been implementing five priorities through the GREATer Agenda.  Over two years, Bethel enrolled its largest graduate class in history, largest freshman class in five years, increased applications by 47 percent and campus visits by 28 percent, and issued 750 certificates within businesses under its new Center for Professional Development. The college constructed a new softball stadium, an athletic park entrance, a second formal entrance off Liberty Street, and expects to complete fundraising by end of the year for a $1 million nursing facility expansion. 

In two years, Bethel moved from one to 10 academic programs online, launched HCM Records as a music publishing company, and added men’s rugby, women’s lacrosse and a drumline. Recently, Bethel was ranked No. 1 in the state for Teacher Education by Indiana Business Journal, No. 1 of 50 Christian Colleges for “Exceeding Expectations,” listed as a “Best Bang for the Buck” college by Money Magazine, and achieved national accreditation in music and nursing. Bethel’s science students enjoy double the national acceptance rate to medical schools.

Meanwhile, Bethel’s work culture now exceeds industry averages across 50 colleges on environment for innovation, valuing diversity among employees, teamwork, clarity of expectations, and acting on suggestions of employees.

This work is valued by Jerry Thacker ‘72, Ed.D., superintendent of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation and Chair of Chenoweth’s Evaluation Committee.

"Dr. Chenoweth has exhibited exemplary leadership as the president of Bethel College,” says Thacker. “The Board enthusiastically supports Dr. Chenoweth and is thankful that he is Bethel’s president."