Vice President's Role Expands to Meet Bethel's Growth Demands

For 23 years, Dennis Engbrecht, Ph.D. has served Bethel well as Vice President of Student Development. For much of that time he has also carried the additional title of Senior Vice President.

This month, Engbrecht’s role changed. His responsibilities as Senior Vice President have been expanded to include areas that will strengthen the college and assist the president with executive responsibilities. Among his expanded responsibilities, and one of the areas critical to the college, will be his direct involvement in our Church/Denominational Relations activities.

Moving forward (while still structurally reporting to Dr. Engbrecht), most of the day to day responsibilities of Student Development will be assumed by Shawn Holtgren, Ph.D. and Kathy Gribbin Ph.D. in their new roles as the Associate Vice President of Student Development and the Dean of Students and Residential Life, respectively.

This restructuring move is the result of the college’s need to both advance leaders in current capacities, and also meet the demands of Bethel’s growth.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.