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Greenville College Graduates Accept Recent Appointments in Higher Education

Greenville College Graduates Accept Recent Appointments in Higher Education

Six Greenville College alumni have made news in recent months by assuming roles in higher education administration. They represent faith-based and public institutions with enrollments ranging from 1,900 to 5,000 students. All are veteran administrators.

  • Rick Stephens ’77 joined the administrative team at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. A seasoned chief academic officer, Stephens most recently served as provost at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
  • Randy Bergen ’84, (pictured, at left) former provost and acting president at Greenville College, now serves as executive assistant to the president at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. In announcing Bergen’s appointment, Bethel’s President Jay Barnes commended Bergen’s experience and expertise in communication, conflict resolution and assessment in addition to his heart for Christian higher education.
  • Donald Easton-Brooks ’88 has been appointed dean of the colleges of business and education at Eastern Oregon University (EOU). He comes to EOU from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN, where he served as associate dean of education and associate professor. Easton-Brooks holds his doctorate in educational leadership and innovation and a master’s in early childhood special education. He is also the founder and current president of Stats America, a consulting firm that ensures colleges of business and education have strong data-driven systems in place.
  • Matt Osborne ’83, former vice president for enrollment at Spring Arbor University, has been named vice president for client service and marketing for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Association. The LRAP Association partners with colleges to ensure a safety net for alumni in repaying their student loans. Osborne previously served 30 years in Christian higher education, including eight at Greenville College.
  • Brent Ellis ’92 now serves as Spring Arbor University’s 30th president. Ellis previously served as SAU’s vice president for university advancement. He holds a master’s of ministry degree from Bethel College, a master’s of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of education from Indiana University.
  • Gerald Bates ’55, bishop emeritus of the Free Methodist Church, serves as transitional leader for Hope Africa University in Burundi while the university searches for a new rector. The university’s founder and rector, Bishop Elie Buconyori, died unexpectedly this spring. Bates served in Burundi as a missionary for many years and has supported the university in various ways since its inception. Hope Africa University serves over 5,000 students.

This story was published on October 04, 2013

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