The inauguration for Bethel University's eighth president, Barbara K. Bellefeuille, Ed.D., took place Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. in Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center-Auditorium.
As Bethel University's eighth president, Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed.D., brings three decades of higher education experience to the role. She is the first woman to serve in the highest leadership role of the university in it's 75-year history.
Her vision for Bethel's future is academic excellence with a specific focus on centering the campus around Christ. With this in mind, she chose John 3:30 as the biblical and campus focus: "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Guiding Bellefeuille as president is a commitment to the students -- from traditional undergraduate students to adult learners to graduate students. By enriching their experiences in campus or virtual classrooms, her goal is to prepare future leaders who have been educated in biblical truth.
Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church, is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service.
The roots of Bethel University run deep. Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder Daniel Brenneman first called for a training institute in 1893. Then, for many years, J. A. Huffman pressed the case for a Christian liberal arts college, even suggesting the name Bethel, meaning “house of God.” Formal church approval finally came in 1944, and land was purchased in Mishawaka, Indiana, during 1946...
Steady at the Helm
This article was written when Bellefeuille was interim president.
For Barb Bellefeuille, Ed.D., interim president at Bethel University, saying yes to God’s plan has been a hallmark of her career. So, when she was first approached by the Board of Trustees about taking on the top executive role at Bethel, she immediately began praying and deeply contemplating the decision.
Bellefeuille had faithfully served as Vice President for Academic Services at Bethel for nine years, overseeing all academic-related functions of the university, from hiring and developing faculty, reviewing and implementing academic programs, to creating a vision for meeting the challenges facing higher education...
- Bellefeuille Named Eighth President of Bethel University (Bethel University)
- Bethel University board appoints longtime VP, first woman to serve as next president (South Bend Tribune)
- Indiana's Bethel University names its first woman president (WFYI)
- New President for Bethel University (Inside Indiana Business)
- Bellefeuille Transitions to Role as Interim President of Bethel University (Bethel University)
The ceremony was held at Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center - Auditorium.