Bethany College alumnus Terry Holdren ’94 was appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to lead an initiative that will bring more doctors to the state and address health care shortages in rural areas across Kansas. The Governor made the announcement during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

Holdren, who is CEO of Kansas Farm Bureau, will chair a task force that will explore opportunities to bring a private osteopathy school to the state.

“Bethany alumni are often successful professionals who are difference-makers for their communities,” President Will Jones said. “Terry’s appointment is a testament to his professional success and demonstrates his commitment to servant leadership.  We are proud of the work done by all Bethany alumni in their communities and congratulate Terry on this important appointment by the Governor.”

Holdren said growing up in rural western Kansas, he learned there are times when difficult challenges require collective and creative solutions.

“My time at Bethany reinforced the belief that if we humbly work on issues that impact those around us together there really isn’t much we can’t overcome,” he said. “That’s true of our work on behalf of farmers and ranchers and, hopefully, in this instance for the benefit of rural residents in need of access to quality medical care.”

Many Bethany alumni work in health care professions in Kansas communities. Like Keir Swisher, DO ’02, who specializes in emergency medicine and is medical director of the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department. The Bethany College Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a variety of pre-health program tracks with high placement rates in graduate level healthcare programs.

Pictured above: Terry Holdren (left)  stands behind Governor Sam Brownback.