Smith Named New Vice President for Academic Services

Lissa Diaz

Bradley Smith, Ph.D., has been named Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel University, beginning his new role June 1. Smith has served the university for 27 years, most recently as Dean of Humanities & Social Science and Associate Professor of Economics. During that time, he also served as Interim Vice President for Academic Services (VPAS).

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Smith join the cabinet in this position,” says Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed.D., current Vice President for Academic Services, who will become Interim President of Bethel University on June 1. “Nine years ago, he served the VPAS office as an interim. His past work as professor, chair, Adult and Graduate Studies coordinator and Dean has prepared him well for this role.”

Smith earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.S. in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Economic Association and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Some of his top accomplishments at Bethel include obtaining and maintaining accreditation for new and existing programs, revising and instituting academic policies, redesigning and implementing a system for tracking academic performance, and supervising over 130 faculty and staff. Currently, he serves on the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee and the General Education Committee, as chair.

Additionally, Smith has a heart for Christian higher education, believing that revival starts with faculty. He hopes to provide them the space and autonomy to grow spiritually.

“I have spent much of my professional career at Bethel and have seen firsthand how a Bethel education can transform lives. I am committed to investing in and advocating for the faculty and programs that make the Bethel experience so impactful,” Smith says. “I can’t wait to get started in this new role.”

In the coming weeks, Smith will begin making decisions about replacements and adjustments for his current assignments.

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