As of June 1, 2021, Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed.D., began her term as interim president of Bethel University, Mishawaka, Indiana. Bellefeuille served the university as Vice President for Academic Services since 2012. In that role, she served on the President’s Cabinet, had oversight of faculty and all academic service areas. She also served as the liaison to the University’s regional accrediting association, the Higher Learning Commission.
Bellefeuille’s time in higher education spans 30 years. Prior to coming to Bethel, she spent 21 years in Georgia at Toccoa Falls College. Her roles there were Teacher Education professor and chair, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and acting CEO during a presidential transition at the college (for 20 months during 2011-12). Additionally, Bellefeuille was an adjunct professor in the Master of Education program at Covenant College (GA) for 16 years.
Before her career moved to the collegiate level, Bellefeuille was a middle school/high school teacher in Bluefield, W. Va.
Bellefeuille has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Education from Columbia International University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech.
While much of her career has been spent in the southern states, she grew up in Michigan, and has enjoyed returning to the Midwest.