Bethel University names new Vice President for Administration & Finance and CFO

Lissa Diaz

Jerry L. White, CPA, has been named Vice President for Administration & Finance and CFO for Bethel University, beginning Aug. 19.

White has more than 17 years of career experience working in business and finance for higher education, where he has excelled at balancing budgets, overseeing capital projects and negotiating contracts. Prior positions include Vice President for Finance and Administration at Albion College (Albion, Mich.), Vice President for Finance and Administration at Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, Mich.), and Controller/Director of Financial Services at Huntington University (Huntington, Ind.).

He holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.), a Master’s in Education from Purdue University, and attended the National Higher Education Treasury Academy. White comes to Bethel from Culver Academics in Culver, Ind., where he most recently served as Chief Operations Officer.

White had strong support in interview feedback and was a top-ranked candidate based on faith and fit, experience, leadership, management style and work values. At Bethel, he will oversee Human Resources, Information Technology, Conference Services, the Physical Plant, SODEXO (dining services), the Business Office, Campus Safety, Sufficient Grounds Café and Campus Store, and the technical director of the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. 

“We are thrilled that Jerry will join us, because his calling and experience is exactly what we wanted when the search began,” says Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., president.

At Culver, a private boarding school with an enrollment of 842 and a $440 million endowment, White oversaw the Business Office, Information Technology, Dining, Horsemanship, Health Center, and Campus Store & Uniform. He also staffed three Board of Trustee Committees (budget, audit & human resources, finance and investment and capital projects) and had indirect oversight of approximately 120 employees. One of his chief accomplishments was developing a new budget model to improve accuracy and transparency of the budget process.

At Albion, he modified the student revenue and financial aid budget process to allow for more accurate projections and oversaw the construction of a $7 million athletic facility, among other accomplishments. At Spring Arbor, he successfully guided the university to five straight years of balanced budgets, oversaw construction of a $8.4 million men’s residence hall, and planned and oversaw the renovation and expansion of the student life center ($7.2 million cost). And, at Huntington, no audit adjustments were proposed by the auditors for the last five fiscal years while he served as controller.

In his earlier career, he was a staff accountant for both Krouse, Kern & Co., Inc. (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Ernst & Young (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and Manager of Financial Services at Elkhart General Hospital.

White is a member of the Indiana CPA Society, AICPA and a volunteer for Special Olympics Summer Games. He previously served as president of the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers (IACUBO), and various positions within both the National and Central Associations of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO & CACUBO). He was also past treasurer of Emmanuel Community Church, East Wayne Street Center and Park Forest Church of God, among other professional and community affiliations.

“I am blessed to be joining the Bethel University team. I look forward to arriving on campus to begin partnering with faculty and staff to work towards Bethel’s vision of providing a Christ-centered education,” says White.

White comes at an exciting time for the University, where he will build on the momentum of new initiatives including the Field Scholar Program, a low- or no-debt path through Bethel, made possible through community partnerships, and the Computer Sciences program (on-ground) that will be in two new donor-funded labs that are under construction this summer. Other new programs launching this fall include English as a New Language and Business Marketing (on-ground), and Business Marketing, Cyber Security and a master’s in Sport Administration (online), bringing Bethel’s online programs to 17.

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