Gregg Chenoweth began his tenure as Bethel University's president on July 8, 2013, having most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.
In his first five years at Bethel, Chenoweth worked with colleagues to complete a five-year focus on five institutional priorities titled, the GREATer Agenda.
The strongest series of financial ratios in 25 years, increasing cash by 50 percent and reducing debt by 20 percent.
- A strengthened work culture, from below industry norms on 48 of 55 variables, to at or exceeding norms on 47. Bethel now leads national college culture averages in commitment to excellence, innovation, supervision, input, recognition and exercise of spiritual gifts at work.
- More than a 60 percent increase in admissions visits, doubled online enrollment, more than 50 percent graduate program enrollment, and an increase in students of color from 19 to 27.5 percent.
- Ten new academic programs, including Applied Politics, Financial Services, Engineering Management and Worship Arts.
- An increase from 60 percent to 75 percent of residential students involved in voluntary discipleship groups. Surveys show Bethel alumni retain high scores of faith-integration after college, and students rank spiritual mentoring as the most prominent characteristic in their Bethel experience.
- Two hundred people trained in innovation, with 300 scheduled uses of innovation space, yielding several new advances, such as a recording label (HCM Records), Kindergarten Lab School, Teacher Cadet program and MasterClasses in Theater and song writing.
- Nine of 10 Bethel grads who apply to medical school are accepted (five in 10 is national average) and the School of Nursing is ranked in the Top 10 in America.
- A 3.98 out of 4 average satisfaction score by students for IT support, 4.4 of 5 by visitors for Conference Services, and 9 of 10 for quality of Admission tours.
- Won two more national championships (totaling 36), and placed three times on the Washington Monthly “Best Bang for the Buck” list, ranked No. 2 in America for “50 Best Value Christian Colleges,” and No. 1 in American for “Top Christian Colleges Exceeding Expectations."
- Re-accredited in nursing, music and comprehensive assessment by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Attracted a first financial gift from 600 alumni and a first from 3,000 new friends of Bethel, putting $5 million into maintenance, renovations and construction of a new projects, including the college's east entrance, School of Nursing Simulation Lab, athletic park, prayer garden, art gallery, Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium, fitness center and more. Raised $5 million for student scholarships, and $2 million more for Bethel's endowment.
In 2018, the Board unanimously approved Chenoweth’s proposal for the GROW Agenda, 2018-2022.It focuses on expanding college access through additional athletic programs and facilities, developing more sophisticated digital marketing and customized financial aid, doubling the number of online undergraduate and graduate programs and more. The initial projects funded and approved for 2018 are the Van and Jean Gates Admissions Center, and Bethel’s first endowed professor, Missionary Church Professor of Biblical Theology David McCabe, Ph.D.
Executive Committee of the 30-school Independent Colleges of Indiana
- Council of Presidents for the Crossroads Athletic League
- Education Representative to the Michiana Area Council of Governments
- Member of the Regional Development Authority Workforce Committee
- Missionary Church Denomination Board
He has led student tours to Israel, Nepal, Australia and Kenya and otherwise traveled to a dozen countries.
He has spoken at events in more than 50 cities, and published articles in nearly 30 outlets including the Chicago Tribune, the Forum on Public Policy, and Christianity Today magazine. He wrote three book chapters and edited the book Telos: The Destination of Nazarene Higher Education.