Bethel College Board of Trustees Celebrate President Steve Cramer's Legacy

The Bethel College board of trustees will celebrate President Steven Cramer, Ph.D.’s, retirement on Saturday, May 11, at the Elcona Country Club, 56784 County Road 21 in Bristol, Ind. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m.

“Dr. Cramer has dedicated his time and talents to the growth of this college for more than three decades. He is a big part of the school’s history and we will miss his leadership,” says Bethel’s Board of Trustee Chair Brian L. Hamil. “However, we are excited about the next chapter for Dr. Cramer and his wife, Terri, as well as that of the college.”

Cramer announced to the board of trustees in August of last year that he would retire as president of Bethel on June 30, 2013. Gregg Chenoweth, Ph.D., will replace Cramer as Bethel’s seventh president in July 2013.

Steven R. Cramer, Ph.D.  Biography

Steven R. Cramer, Ph.D., (Indiana State University) was inaugurated as Bethel’s sixth president in 2004. A 1975 Bethel graduate in music and its 2002 Alumnus of the Year, he worked for Bethel in admissions from 1973-1975 and church relations from 1982-1985, and then returned once more in 1987 as vice president for institutional advancement.

 During his presidency, Bethel study abroad offerings were expanded; the music department received NASM accreditation; and the campus became more intentional in its multi-ethnic programming. Cramer worked to secure the long-term financial future of Bethel during a period of national economic crisis. He is credited with multiple building projects, including the Pannabecker Math and Science Laboratories, a new west campus entrance and a renovated Helm, the Lodge Residence Hall, a renovated Dining Commons, and an enlarged College bookstore/coffee shop. The campus borders were also expanded with the purchase of approximately 13 acres to the south.