Bethel University has announced the resignation of President Dr. Gregg Chenoweth. The university says Chenoweth will take over as president of Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois on June 1.
Bethel says its leadership will remain consistent during the transition. A search committee is set to begin immediately.
“President Chenoweth has faithfully served Bethel University for eight years, and the university has made remarkable strides during his tenure,” said Board Chairman Randy Lehman. “We understand the pull to return to Olivet – his alma mater, and the place where he served many years as a professor and administrator.”
Bethel says it has reduced 40% of long-term debt and increased net assets 30% over the past several years. It has also expanded its programs to include 19 online, STEM disciplines and two debt-free paths through its BU-X and Field Scholar Program.
“This opportunity at Olivet came by surprise but is a sort of homecoming for me,” Chenoweth said. “However, I will always be thankful for the work accomplished and relationships developed at Bethel, and I will continue to further the mission until my assignment is complete.”
The university says it plans to find an interim president while it searches for a permanent replacement.