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Presidential Leadership Profile
Bethany College – the oldest institution of higher learning in West Virginia – is a small, well-respected,
private college committed to education in the liberal arts tradition with strong preparation in the
professional arts. The College is seeking its 20th President to succeed Dr. Scott D. Miller, who will be
assuming the presidency of Virginia Wesleyan University after eight years of valuable contributions to
Located in a bucolic region near the West Virginia/Western Pennsylvania border, Bethany College offers its 750 full-time undergraduate (1000 headcount) students a holistic learning experience and an opportunity to find a richness of life that often is not possible in other settings. Small class size allows students to work closely with a dedicated and talented faculty.
The College is positioned for a significant and meaningful future and over recent years has gained a stable position with strong Board leadership, a well-defined mission, a talented senior management team, and a strong focus on supporting student success. The new President will lead the effort to continue positioning the college as a distinctive learning environment, secure its financial future through growth of enrollment and endowment, continue building a strong, engaged Board of Trustees and raise Bethany’s profile as a small college of regional and national distinction.
The Board of Trustees is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader who is passionate about the mission and distinctiveness of Bethany College. The President will be a visionary executive who brings outstanding management skills, particularly financial acumen and marketing. Fundraising ability and an unrelenting enthusiasm and skill for telling Bethany’s story will be critical qualifications. Teambuilding and leading with genuine humility and transparency will be essential. The President will be expected to nurture a campus culture centered on mutual respect, trust, and convey this with an open and genuine style of communication. A President who is warm, engaging and collaborative will find a welcoming home at Bethany College.
The President of Bethany College will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following
professional and personal accomplishments:
Serve as the leader of a well-respected, private liberal arts institution with a keen sense of mission and lead successful efforts to maximize Bethany’s reputation as a small college of national distinction;
Make a true difference to Bethany’s current and prospective students by providing inspirational vision and energized administrative leadership designed to fulfill their personal and academic aspirations and develop them into future leaders;
Lead a faculty dedicated to ensuring the intellectual fulfillment and future success of students;
Regularly engage with Bethany’s loyal and committed alumni, many of whom are eager to play a more enhanced role in raising the profile and success of their college;
Work closely with the National General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an affinity that is part of Bethany’s heritage and an important part of the College’s future.
Partner closely with a committed and dynamic Board of Trustees to ensure the college’s future;
Reside in a beautiful pastoral setting and work on a classic campus that is rich in history and tradition, yet take full personal and professional advantage of Bethany’s close proximity to Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s most livable cities.
Bethany College: An Overview Mission Teaching and learning form the mission of Bethany College. Central to this broad purpose is providing a liberal arts education for students, including the preparation of professionals, in an atmosphere of study, work, and service.
Values Bethany College is an academic community founded on the close interaction between students and faculty in the educational process. Bethany College values intellectual rigor and freedom, diversity of thought and lifestyle, personal growth within a community context, and responsible engagement with public
issues. Its programs are designed to:
Engage the mind through emphasis on discipline in thinking, motivation in the search for knowledge, and acquisition of the intellectual resources for a lifetime of learning.
Embolden the spirit through the opportunity for intellectual challenge, collaborative enterprise, athletic competition, artistic expression, personal growth, and meaningful work.
Enlarge the world through exposure to the abundant diversity of thought and lifestyle of the human community, support for personal engagement with societies and cultures different from one's own, and commitment to service.
Bethany was founded March 2, 1840, by Alexander Campbell, who provided the land and funds for the first building and served as the first President. Now celebrating its 175th year, Bethany College is a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts.
The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 25 fields of study, many with options for emphasis.
Students also may include as part of their programs one or more optional minors. The undergraduate experience is noted for the Senior Project and successful passing of written and oral Comprehensive Examinations by all upon whom degrees are conferred (a requirement that is very unique). Bethany also offers a Masters of Arts of Teaching degree.
The College's program of liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance. Bethany places particular emphasis on leadership and incorporates pre-professional education in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, physical therapy, public administration, theology, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine. Bethany also offers a number of dual degree programs with other prestigious institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University and Duquesne University.
Bethany's 1,300-acre campus is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Pittsburgh is 39 miles to the northeast. Cities within half-hour drive from the college include: Wheeling, West Virginia; Washington, Pennsylvania; and Steubenville, Ohio.
Since its inception, Bethany has been a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This religious body, of which Campbell was one of the principal founders, continues to support and encourage the College, although it exercises no sectarian control. Students from virtually every religious community attend Bethany.
Bethany students represent 32 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries. The campus presents impressive diversity – with almost 25% comprised of students of color.
Today, Bethany College’s endowment is approximately $55 million and the College has raised on average $3.3 million annually over the past five years. The annual operating budget is approximately $25,000,000.
More information about Bethany College may be found at its Web site: www.bethanywv.edu/
In its charter, granted in 1840 by the Commonwealth of Virginia and recognized in 1863 by the newly organized state of West Virginia, the mission of Bethany College is defined as "the instruction of youth in the various branches of science and literature, the useful arts and the learned and foreign languages."
Bethany College continues to accept the implications of its mission as understood by its founder. It accepts responsibility for educating effective, honorable, humane, and intelligent citizens who believe in and will promote the creation of a world of worth and value, integrating critical reason with the convictions of faith, personal accomplishment with ethical responsibility, and individual development with service to others.
Academic Affairs Based in the liberal arts tradition, Bethany’s academic program is designed to meet the educational needs of individual students by promoting breadth, depth, and the integration of knowledge. Bethany assists students in developing intellectual concepts, sophisticated learning skills, moral values, and good citizenship.
Preparation for leadership is a central theme of the college.
The college strives to offer programs which balance the needs of students with a liberal arts focus with those who seek a more professionally-oriented direction. The college also provides exceptional study abroad opportunities for students.
Bethany College holds memberships in:
• American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
• American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities
• American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
• American Council on Education
• Appalachian College Association
• Association of American Colleges and Universities
• Association of Governing Boards of Universities &Colleges
• College Entrance Examination Board
• The Common Application
• Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
• Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
• Council of Independent Colleges
• Council on Social Work Education
• The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
• Eastern College Athletic Conference
• The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Independent College Enterprise
• International Association of University Presidents
• National Association of College and University Business Officers
• National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
• National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III
• Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities
• Presidents’ Athletic Conference
• West Virginia Colleges and Universities The Bethany Plan A cornerstone element of a Bethany College education is The Bethany Plan, which presents a structured continuum of student development and growth throughout their time at the College. The “First-Year Experience” involves participating in small groups and learning how to learn. Mentors are assigned to help shape student academic interests and goals. An emphasis is placed on writing effectively and critical thinking - the tools that employers look for.
Seniors complete the Capstone Experience, a senior project created specifically to prepare students for graduate degrees and/or the entry-level job market. The skills learned through this experience are validated through comprehensive exams, both written and oral.
Athletics Athletics play an important role in the life of Bethany College students and has contributed to the College’s enrollment growth over the years. Roughly fifty percent of students are involved in athletics. Bethany is a member of the Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Varsity women's and men's teams participate in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
Students compete in 22 varsity sports (11 men's and 11 women's) including baseball, basketball, crosscountry, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. The college’s equestrian club team is located at beautiful Oglebay Resort just 12 miles from campus. Bethany’s next President should lend time and energy to building a competitive athletic program.
Bethany currently recognizes five fraternities and three sororities. The men's organizations are Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Nu and Beta Theta Pi. The women's organizations are Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha. All 8 of these organizations are nationally recognized Greek organizations, with Delta Tau delta being founded on Bethany’s campus in 1858.
Governance The Board of Trustees guides the administration through its policy-making role, elects the President of the college and approves the appointment of chief administrative officers and faculty. The Board of Trustees has the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the college’s mission and the legal accountability for its operations.
Guided by its highly engaged leadership, the Board has evolved significantly over the past several years.
Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are a number of high profile business and community leaders who bring a tremendous passion for the College, are forward-thinking, generous in their care for the College and share an enthusiasm and willingness to embrace change. Please see Appendix I for a listing of the Trustees.
Prominent alumni Bethany has produced many outstanding graduates who have become leaders in many fields. Some
notable alumni include:
• Retired Justice Thomas Bergenthal, World Court, the Hague
• Gregory B. Jordan, General Counsel - PNC Corporation (Chair, Board of Trustees)
• Robert J. McCann, CEO UBS Group Americas and Member of the Group Executive Board ABS AG (Vice Chair, Board of Trustees)
• Frances McDormand, Academy Award winner
• John Niederhuber, M.D., CEO of INOVA Translational Medical Group and former Director, National Cancer Institute
• John Riddell, inventor of football equipment
• James R. Schulyer, Pulitzer Prize winner
• Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
• Dave Sims, Broadcaster Seattle Mariners
• Bob Orr, Retired Homeland Security Correspondent CBS News Bethany, West Virginia The town of Bethany (population 300) is located in the northern panhandle of the Mountain State. A designated Historic District, the town was incorporated in 1853, although the first known recorded settlement was by Isaac Williams in 1769.
In the Bethany area and on the Bethany College campus are two National Historical Landmarks, Old Main (centerpiece of the campus) and the Alexander Campbell Mansion, home of the College's founder.
Bethany has five sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.