Bethel Announces Mike Nicholas as Director of Human Resources

Bethel College announces the hiring of Mike Nicholas as director of human resources. He most recently served in the same position at Wiers International Trucks in Plymouth, Ind., and began his role at Bethel on Oct. 1.

Nicholas’ experience in human resource management extends nearly 20 years, working as employment and operations manager at 1st Source Bank, vice president of human resources at United Federal Credit Union and vice president of operations for Reach360. He has extensive classroom experience, having taught courses in human resource management and supervision at Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana Wesleyan University and DeVry University.

“We are extremely blessed to have someone of Mike’s caliber on board at Bethel,” says Clair Knapp, vice president and CFO. “His wealth of experience in human resource management will make him a great addition to our administrative team. He exemplifies what the Bethel mission is all about and will play a key role in the direction of the institution.”

Nicholas, who lives in South Bend, Ind., with his wife and three daughters, is a past-president of the Michiana Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has served on the executive council of the Credit Union National Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Great Lakes Christian College and a master’s degree in human resource management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He also holds certification as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and a certified professional behavioral analyst (CPBA).

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 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 10 countries and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. 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. Connect with Bethel online at, or via Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (