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Dr. Gregg Chenoweth

Professional points:

Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., began his role as seventh president of Bethel College on July 08, 2013.

Prior to Bethel, Chenoweth spent 10 years at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., south of Chicago, most recently as vice president for academic affairs.

During his first year at Bethel (2013-2014), Chenoweth worked with colleagues to establish a five-year focus on five institutional priorities titled, the GREATer Agenda: 2014-2018. Early results include a start on 11 new academic programs (five online); customized workplace training; a partner program that cuts the cost of college in half; a partnership availing a $40 million Recreation Center to all students and staff; doubling the number of discipleship pairings; dozens of benchmarks for back-office and physical plant services excellence; and $8 million raised in one year for various projects, including lead gifts for a welcome center, a nursing facility expansion, and construction on a new east entrance, softball field, and intramural fields.

Chenoweth’s community involvement includes serving on the United Way Board, being a founding Board member for Starfish Family Homes (an organization to assist abused and neglected children), serving on the Advisory Board for a multi-county business magazine, leading an Adopt a Village fundraising effort for victims of the tsunami in Thailand, collecting $40,000.

Chenoweth speaks for community organizations like Rotary and Kiwanis, and received a Friend of Youth Award for an innovative after-school program. Chenoweth has a B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University and an M.A. from Northern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2003. His graduate degrees focus on managing change in non-profit organizations.

He is certified by FranklinCovey in executing strategic plans.

He is a consultant-evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to accredit distance education proposals and conduct comprehensive institutional evaluations.

He is an ordained minister for the Missionary Church. He has preached in more than 40 cities in five countries and preaches a dozen times per year across the Midwest. He has served as a full-time youth pastor and as a part-time minister to college students.

Chenoweth has published a variety of works in nearly 30 outlets, such as regional newspapers (e.g. Chicago Tribune), national magazines (e.g. Christianity Today), industry publications (e.g. Inside Higher Ed), and academic journals (e.g. Forum on Public Policy). He also edited a book with participants at 15 universities in six countries.

Personal points:

Chenoweth and his wife, Tammy, a former Mishawaka resident and Penn High School graduate, have three children, Abbey, Allison, and Aaron.

He enjoys travel, and following football which is an interest stemming from his days as a college quarterback.