Faculty and Staff News – Fall 2015
Armstrong Named Vice President for Business Services
David Armstrong, Ed.D., comes to Bethel from Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., where he most recently served as vice president of finance and operations.
Armstrong has undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Texas A&M University, and two master’s degrees (theology and divinity) and an Ed.D. in administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation focused on the financial health of private colleges. He also held faculty status at Truett-McConnell, where he occasionally taught accounting. Before working in higher education, he was a staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Armstrong is an ordained minister in the Baptist Church and has served in various ministry positions in his local congregation, including Sunday school teacher and deacon. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, ages 11, 9 and 6.
Null Receives Faces of Tourism Award
Derrick Null ’01, Everest-Rohrer operations manager, received a Faces of Tourism award from Visit South Bend/Mishawaka for his exceptional service to those who visit the Bethel campus for conferences and meetings. Each year Visit South Bend/Mishawaka recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes in areas of support for local conferences and events, and who exemplify a service-oriented attitude, going the extra mile to accommodate guests.
Williams Awarded as Champion for Human Rights
Theo Williams ’99, associate professor of communication, was given the Human Rights Education Award by the Human Rights Commission of South Bend at their annual awards banquet, held April 23 at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind. He was presented with this award for the voluntary service he provides both in our community and around the country.
Religion & Philosophy Faculty Impact Evangelical Philosophical Society
Professor of Religion & Philosophy Timothy Erdel, Ph.D., recently stepped down after a decade as the inaugural chair of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) Midwest Region and its annual conferences. The past three years, the conferences were enriched by plenary addresses from Professor of Philosophy & Theology Chad Meister, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Philosophy Cristian Mihut ’97, Ph.D., as well as former Professor of Philosophy James Stump ’91, Ph.D.
Members of the Bethel philosophy department have also formed the program committee for the National EPS Conference in five of the past eight years. Additionally, Erdel, Meister and Stump each served terms on the EPS national steering committee and on the editorial board of Philosophia Christi, for which they have also been book review editors.
Tomasino’s Book Chosen as Logos “Book of the Month”
In June, Tony Tomasino, Ph.D., associate professor of Biblical Studies, had his Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Esther chosen by Logos as the featured title for their “Book of the Month” promotion. The purpose of the promotion is to reward Logos Bible Software subscribers with high-quality volumes in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series. Recent volumes in this promotion have included studies by N.T. Wright, Brevard Childs, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Walter Brueggemann and other prominent scholars. In the first week alone, about 25,000 Logos users downloaded Tomasino’s volume.
Bellefeuille Serves on Elite CCCU Commission
Barb Bellefeuille, Ed.D., vice president for academic services, has been named to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Chief Academic Officer Commission. She is one of only six chief academic officers to give guidance to academic issues affecting the 125 CCCU institutions.
New and Promoted Directors
To support our collaboration in ministry between Bethel College and congregations, Rev. Keith Koteskey has been named director of church relations. A former church planter and long-stay leader of Avalon Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., Koteskey is well equipped to help the college support the local church.
Lisa Greco ’04, Ph.D., has been promoted to director of corporate relations. This newly created position is an outgrowth of Bethel’s Center for Professional Development (funded by a Lilly Grant), which has exceeded expectations.
Melissa Kaehr will take over for Greco as director of conference services. Kaehr comes to Bethel with an extensive background in the hospitality industry and event planning. Over the past 15 years she has served in non-profit event planning and in a sales role with Marriott International.
Tim Ryan has been named director of PLA and Career Services for Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS), replacing Steve Ganger. Ryan holds an accounting degree from Indiana University South Bend, and has served his alma mater as director of extended learning services and director of business outreach for the past six years.
Butch Breedlove has been promoted to director of the Physical Plant, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of maintenance, grounds and custodial services.
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