Bethany Swedes succeed! Our students are confident because of the wide background of knowledge, skills, and experiences they gain at Bethany. These enable them to take on challenges and conquer them. Be a Swede and you can succeed, too!
Keir Swisher ’02
Dr. Keir Swisher ‘02 is the co-medical director of the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department as a board certified emergency medicine physician.
As a third generation Swede, Swisher knows the value of a Bethany education. “I chose Bethany College because I knew I would get a great education and would be well-prepared to enter medical school,” he says. “Bethany has an amazing acceptance rate into medical school, and I knew medicine was my destination as a career.”
Throughout his hard work preparing for medical school, Swisher developed a close relationship with the late Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Charles “Doc” Englund, who taught at Bethany from 1968 to 2009. Even after graduation, Swisher maintained contact and supported the initiative to name the chemistry lab of the 2008 additions to the Nelson Science Center after his former professor and mentor.
Outside of his major studies, Swisher took full advantage of Bethany’s many opportunities for students to learn more about themselves through an active campus life. “I loved my time at Bethany College as I had the opportunity to be a two-sport student-athlete and be involved in various extra-curricular activities,” he says.
At Bethany, Swisher also met his wife, Ashley Oplinger ’05, who is a dentist in Minneapolis, Kan. They have a son, Madex, who Swisher says is “a blessing and hopefully a future Swede!” Swisher’s family ties to Bethany extend to his parents, Dwight Swisher ’67 and L’Jean Burnison ’69, and his siblings Mijkin ’96, Kiff ’99 and Andrea (Ohlman) ’07, Ky ’06 and Kelsey (Pihl) ’10, and Bryn ’07.
Swisher continues to be active at Bethany, sharing his experiences in the field and mentoring current students through Experience-Based Education. As the guest speaker at the Academic Honors Banquet in 2011, Swisher challenged the audience to find ways to turn the worst events in their lives into something positive. “Ten percent of life is what it brings to you. Ninety percent is what you do and say,” he explained.
Swisher’s positive attitude, generous outlook, and keen sense of vocation make him a Swede truly succeeding in his career, community, and family.