The Bethany College Board of Directors will welcome five new members to their first business meeting in October. Jon Bredeson, Ruth Browne, Eric E. Doering, Corey Peterson, and Floyd Thompkins Jr. began serving on the governing board to provide the college fiduciary, strategic, and generative leadership on July 1.
Jon Bredeson, Norman, Okla., is a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He was also the professor and chair of the E.C.E. at Texas Tech University from 1996 to 2007. He brings over 45 years of experience in higher education, strategic planning, and technology. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s and bachelor’s in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University. Bredeson has taught electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama and Pennsylvania State University. He has served on numerous boards and Lutheran church councils.
Ruth Browne, Clay Center, Kan., has been involved numerous arts and humanities organizations, including the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, where she served as board chair for several years, Kansas Arts Commission, and Friends of the Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kan. After raising her family, Browne served as the magistrate in Clay and Riley Counties for 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Loretto Heights College and brings valuable insight to recruitment and marketing, outreach programs, and fundraising. She considers herself an arts advocate.
Eric E. Doering, Frederick, Colo., is a 1977 Bethany graduate of history/political science. He earned his master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado and also holds a certification for mediation and conflict consulting. Doering is currently the district manager for the St. Vrain Sanitation District as well as the owner of EJ Mediation and Conflict Consults. He is heavily involved in his community, having served as the mayor for the town of Frederick from 2004 to 2012, and has also served on numerous advisory committees. Doering will bring valuable experience in marketing, finance, and non-profit governance.
Corey Peterson, Lindsborg, Kan., graduated from Bethany in 1984 with an economics/business degree. He remains active in the campus community, including most recently serving as a panelist at Bethany’s 2011 Business Career Conference. He will bring extensive knowledge of construction and risk management to Bethany’s board. After living in working in Topeka for 26 years, Peterson moved back to Lindsborg last year where he now owns the Hemslöjd Swedish gift shop downtown. Peterson was previously the executive vice presidence of Associated General Contractors of Kansas and has served on numerous boards related to association management. His wife, Denise, who is also an alumna, is an assistant professor of business at Bethany.
Floyd Thompkins Jr., Broxton, Ga., also graduated from Bethany in 1984 with a degree in religion and history. After receiving the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, he earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and then served as assistant dean of the chapel at Princeton University. Thompkins has since served in pastoral positions in California, Florida, and Georgia. He currently is executive director of the Bower Fund in Douglas, Ga., a community-based organization that promotes a positive developmental framework for youth. Thompkins will bring expertise in higher education, recruitment, strategic planning, and non-profit governance.
Caption: The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomes Jon Bredeson, Ruth Browne, Eric E. Doering, Corey Peterson, and Floyd Thompkins Jr.