President Leonard at William Jewell College Achievement DayLINDSBORG, KAN., March 19, 2012—Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III, Ph.D., was honored by William Jewell College for his distinguished achievements at the Alumni Celebration of Achievements on March 1 in Liberty, Mo.

Four alumni of William Jewell were honored. On Thursday, they attended a dinner and address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who wrote “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” On Friday, the honorees attended classes and a special convocation.

“It’s a humbling experience because I remember my first Achievement Day as a freshman,” said Leonard. “I got to know an Achiever as a sophomore, attended my first Achievement Day dinner as a junior, and helped coordinate the event as alumni director. I am proud to come back now as an honoree.”

Leonard is also a member of the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Leonard began as Bethany’s 13th president on August 1, 2007. He came to Bethany from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, where he served as vice president of college advancement for nine years. In addition to his past experiences in higher education and the corporate world, Leonard has taught business ethics, management, and marketing classes as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges.

Leonard is active in his profession and community, currently serving as chair of the Council of College & University Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, chair of the board of directors for the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas, vice chair of the Kansas Independent College Association, vice chair of the Kansas Independent College Financing Authority, and member of the board of directors for the Swedish Council of America.

In the community, Dr. Leonard serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the International Chess Institute of the Midwest, member on the board of directors and executive committee for the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery Foundation, member of the City of Lindsborg’s Sister City Committee, and volunteer with Lindsborg’s Cub Scout Pack and Wavemakers swim team.

Leonard holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from William Jewell College, a master’s from St. Louis University, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Leonard and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, Quade and Thomas, and their dog, Sandy.

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

Caption: Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III at the Alumni Celebration of Achievements at William Jewell College (photo courtesy of Kyle Rivas, William Jewell campus photographer)

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