The Bethany College Board of Directors has named Dr. Robert Vogel to serve as interim President of Bethany College effective July 1. Vogel served previously at Bethany College as interim president in 2007.
Vogel retired as president of Wartburg College in 1998 after serving there for 18 years. Since his retirement he has served as interim president at five colleges and universities including three other Lutheran institutions in Iowa, Texas, and Kentucky. He also served on the Bethany College Board of Directors in 2008-2009.
“The board is very pleased to welcome Bob back to campus,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of Bethany’s board of directors. “We are confident in his leadership abilities and his familiarity with Bethany and Lindsborg will be an asset as we move forward.”
Originally from Philipsburg, Kan., Vogel is a graduate of Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1960 and served parishes in Golden and Denver. He and his wife Sally live in Denver.
“I am looking forward to working with Bob again,” said Bob Carlson, interim provost. “His knowledge of Bethany and his experience with budgets, accreditation and other aspects of higher education is going to benefit the college in the next year.”
Vogel has been asked for a one year commitment to Bethany while the board conducts a search for Bethany’s next college president. Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, the college’s 13th president, resigned in June.