LINDSBORG, KAN., September 27, 2012—Bethany College announces the appointments of Richard Metz as Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations and Galen Bunning as Interim Vice President for Advancement.
Richard Metz will begin Oct. 1. Metz retired after spending 20 years as a chief financial officer and 10 years as a chief information officer. He previously served at City College of New York, where he helped inaugurate the most aggressive sustainability program in the CCNY system; California State, East Bay, where he was heavily involved in implementing sustainable eco practices; Frostburg State University; Lehigh University; Essex Community College; and Towson State University. Metz earned his Master of Administrative Services from Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State University.
Galen Bunning has been at Bethany since 2009 where he was hired as director of annual giving and then served as executive director of alumni and development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and broadcast communication from Ottawa University, where he is currently completing his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in leadership and management. Bunning has broad knowledge of higher education, having worked as an instructor of communication, admissions counselor, and alumni director at Ottawa.
At Bethany, Bunning has been instrumental in launching the “Engage the Future” capital campaign last fall and fundraising for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and Welcome Center. He has also been a member of the work groups that developed the college’s new system of general education, Bethany Pathway.
“I am pleased to have Richard and Galen as our interim vice presidents,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Their leadership will help Bethany continue towards its Engage the Future goals.”
Metz and Bunning fill the positions vacated by Bob Schmoll, former vice president for finance and operations, and Jim Ruble, former vice president for advancement, in late July.