Bethel College Welcomes New Dean


Bethel College faculty and staff welcome Randal Gunden as the new dean of the School of Adult Studies. Gunden has more than 25 years of teaching experience in business and economics at the undergraduate, graduate and MBA level. He has received several “Best Professor” and “Outstanding Teacher” awards.

“I was very impressed with Bethel College’s commitment to providing faith-based quality educational opportunities to adult learners. I am excited to join the Bethel team and work to further the mission of the institution,” said Gunden.

Gunden received his undergraduate degree from Goshen College and graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He most recently served as the vice president of the College of Professional Studies at Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne. Prior to joining Indiana Tech, Gunden was associate professor of economics at Goshen College.

Gunden has travelled to many countries in international development work and organizing and leading students on study abroad programs in the Caribbean and Europe. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics from Goshen College, Gunden served as a lecturer in Swaziland and Lesotho, Southern Africa.

He will succeed John Mow, former dean of the School of Adult Studies. Mow served as a faculty member, was responsible for developing the division of business (now the School of Business and Social Sciences), and has more than doubled adult enrollment under his leadership. Gunden assumes the dean position in August.