Becoming Bethel University

  • Alumni
  • Trustee
Lissa Diaz

Randy Lehman ’82, Board Chairman

Randy Lehman ’82 is not only a Bethel College graduate and donor, he’s this year’s Alumnus of the Year and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Earlier this year, the Board made the historic decision to change Bethel’s name to Bethel University as of May 6, 2019. Lehman shares more about the decision and the Board’s vision for moving Bethel forward.

Is the name change part of Bethel’s current enrollment strategy?
No, this is not an enrollment strategy. The discussion was prompted by a recognition of who Bethel already is, not who we hope to become. Compared to the Bethel of 1947, our enrollment now includes graduate students (1 in 8), online students (1 in 10) and a more internationally focused student body (1 in 12 born outside the United Sates). When you look at peer institutions across the country, “University” is the category in which we fit.

Will this change anything about the mission of Bethel?
No. Although our student composition has changed in 70 years, our mission has not. Bethel remains steadfast in our commitment to provide a Christ-centered education that equips leaders to make a Kingdom impact in the church and the world. We will continue to have a community atmosphere where relationships and spiritual formation are at the core of the student experience.

Read the full story in Bethel Magazine.