Kenneth Macur is new provost and dean of the college

LINDSBORG, KAN., April 2, 2012—Bethany College welcomes Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D., C.P.A., as the new provost and dean of the college.

Macur comes to Bethany from Edgewood College, Wis., where he is the associate vice president for academic affairs and online learning. He will succeed Eugene Bales, Ph.D., who will retire at the end of the semester.

“Ken has broad experience in areas of higher education that will be invaluable to Bethany. From leading both academic and co-curricular programs to assessing and launching academic programs to building student engagement and satisfaction, Ken is well-prepared to help Bethany reach our 20-year Engage the Future goals,” says President Edward F. Leonard III.

Macur earned his Doctor of Philosophy in accountancy, Master of Business Administration in finance, and Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He has been at Edgewood since 2003, where he most recently created the academic and financial business plan for Edgewood College Online and served as the program’s CEO. He implemented the program, managed personnel, and oversaw all aspects of the curriculum, policies, faculty, and marketing.

“Each of the successes in my career has been the result of balancing patient listening that created collaborative solutions with an impatient internal clock that kept the organization moving towards goals,” Macur says.

From 2003 to 2008, Macur chaired Edgewood’s accounting program. He proposed and implemented a master’s degree in accountancy, advised the accounting club, and organized a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance chapter. Macur has earned multiple teaching awards, including the WICPA Innovative User of Technology Award, Leon Hermsen Outstanding Teaching Award, Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, and Blue Key National Fraternity Award.

Many of Edgewood new initiatives were led by Macur, including implementation of its new general education program and the selection and implementation of learning management software and assessment/ePortfolio system. He served on numerous committees and task forces to improve student retention, technology, assessment, and business processes. In addition, he advised student organizations include Student Government Association, Beta Alpha Psi, National Association of Black Accountants, and Delta Zeta Sorority and coached women’s soccer.

In addition to Edgewood, Macur has served as the CEO and sole proprietor of his strategic management and technology consulting firm, a consulting manager for Virchow, Krause & Co. LLP (now Baker Tilly), an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a computer audit specialist at Deloitte Haskins + Sells.

Macur has numerous publications, seminars, and presentations on generational work styles, motivation, decision-making, strategic planning and implementation, web design, financial analysis, and accounting. His article “Financial Statements as a Management Tool” was selected in the top five articles published in 1992 in “The Small Business Forum.” He has also earned awards for his research, including the C.A. Black Professor of Accounting, the Mrs. Norman E. Schley Memorial Fund Award from the Institute of Management Accountants, and third place in the Innovation in Accounting Education Competition at the 1994 Ohio Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association.

Macur currently serves as a vice president of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs Board of Directors and as a member on the finance subcommittee of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison and Optimist International and has coached the Whitewater high school and youth soccer teams, advised the Catholic Student Coalition, and served on the directing committee of the Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Ministry.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Kenneth M. Macur, Ph.D., C.P.A., the new provost and academic dean of Bethany College

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