The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomed two new members, Randy Berry, a career diplomat from Hillside, Colo., and Sean Patty, a business administrator from Ballwin, Mo., to campus for their first meeting in October.
The Bethany College Board of Directors provides the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership. Berry and Patty began their three-year terms on July 1.
Alumnus Randy Berry brings twenty years of experience as a manager of diplomatic programs, personnel, operations, and budget in a variety of international locations. He graduated from Bethany in 1987 with a bachelor’s in secondary social science teaching. In 1988, he conducted graduate studies as a Rotary Foundation Scholar: Art History at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Since 1993, he has served as a senior Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of States, representing the country through service in embassies, consulates, legations, and missions overseas. Berry has held executive positions in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, and South Africa and non-executive positions in Uganda, Egypt, and Bangladesh. He has also worked in countries immersed in or emerging from conflict, including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal.
He shared his experiences with the Bethany community in his presentation “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century” on Oct. 28.
Alumnus Sean Patty, founder and a managing partner of FenceRow Capital, brings a diverse and accomplished background in mergers and acquisitions, venture development, and investment banking. FenceRow Capital is a boutique advisory firm providing financial guidance to investors, managers, and entrepreneurs who seek to attract, restructure, and strategically invest business capital. Before founding FenceRow Capital, Patty was a managing director at Warson Capital, a St. Louis-based investment bank. He has also been the chief financial officer at Angel Technologies, chief executive officer at Cernium Corporation, and chief executive officer at Commercial Kitchen Services
Patty graduated from Bethany in 1986 with a bachelor’s in economics/business and from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business with a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Patty was one of the founding members of the Bethany Athletic Association. He received the BAA Award of Merit in 2011 and was the guest speaker during Bethany’s 2012 opening convocation.
During the October board meeting, the Bethany College Trust re-elected its chair, Tad Doering, alumnus of 1981 and assistant vice president – strategy, planning, business development and communications at Dex Media.
Doering has served more than 20 years in leadership positions. As Dex One’s vice president – strategy, he helped to craft the strategic direction, as well as activating it across the enterprise ensuring focus on drivers critical to accomplishing corporate objectives. Doering has received the Bethany College Alumni Award of Merit and the Gold Award for outstanding alumni achievement. He was elected to the Bethany College Board of Directors in 2001, serving as chair of the Board from 2006 to 2010.
Prior roles include franchise vice president – customer advocacy, where he led a team aimed at increasing the enterprises’ focus on the customer base, including deployment of Net Promoter Score, deriving and activating actions focused on the customer, developing a team to drive continuous improvement initiatives, managing the operating growth plan and deploying the Malcolm Baldrige process; regional vice president for marketing, where his responsibilities encompassed driving sales performance in the field via innovative localized marketing programs; assistant vice president for marketing at R. H. Donnelley, where he owned all portions of core marketing; and leading the marketing function, both core and field, at Sprint, as well as leading a sales region, while at the Sprint Publishing division.
Doering is also a member of the board of directors for the Carolina Ballet, one of the top ten ballet companies in the country, and the advisory board for the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. He has previously served as chair of The Theatre in the Park, the largest community theatre in Shawnee Mission, Kan., and as a member of various Chamber of Commerce leadership programs in multiple states..
Doering and his wife, Mary (Pfenninger), class of 1982, have a son and a daughter, who is a senior at Bethany.