Bethel Welcomes New Vice President for Academic Services

Bethel College announces Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed.D. as the new vice president for academic services. She will replace the interim vice president in that position, Bradley Smith, Ph.D.

Bellefeuille has been in higher education at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Ga., for 21 years; first as a professor of teacher education and department chair. Then seven years ago she transitioned to academic administration and eventually became the vice president of academics. The last year-and-a-half she’s been acting CEO.

“These past five years in particular, I have been focused on working with faculty, refining policy and strengthening majors. Although Bethel is larger than my previous college, it is always beneficial to have these comparable experiences,” says Bellefeuille. “Additionally I have participated in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Women's Leadership Development Institute, which has given me a deep appreciation for leadership and a great network of colleagues.”

Bellefeuille completed an undergraduate degree in biblical education at Columbia International University in South Carolina; a master of education at Reformed Theological Seminary Graduate School of Education in Jacksonville, Miss.; and a doctorate in education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

A Michigan native, Bellefeuille is eager to be moving back closer to her home. She’s also excited about her new position at Bethel and the college’s Christ-centered mission.

“There are thousands of colleges and universities in America alone, but few continue to blend strong professional training with solid biblical truth — Bethel does that! I only want to serve in a place that keeps such a strong balance and focus,” says Bellefeuille.

She begins her new position on July 1.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 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.