Bethany College has selected Erica (Stiff) Kruckenberg ’96 as the new Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. She will begin on April 24, 2017.

“We are very excited to have Erica join our office,” David Earle, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said. “Her passion for Bethany and Lindsborg is very apparent. This is an exciting time to be part of Bethany College, under the leadership and direction of President Will Jones. Erica is going to play a key role in enhancing the alumni program and engaging our alumni in meaningful ways.”

Kruckenberg lives in Lindsborg with her husband Eric, also a 1996 graduate, and their two children. The family relocated back to Lindsborg in August 2015 from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She brings a wide variety of experience to the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving position. She was an educator for 13 years in Prosper Independent School District in Prosper, Texas; executive director of Bethlehem Place Food Pantry in Prosper; and most recently a case manager for the area homeless in Salina, Kansas.  She has also assisted with several fundraisers sponsored by the Dallas Cowboys benefiting Sky Ranch, a Christian camp for families and children.

“Bethany College is committed to producing graduates who become successful professionals who love God and love people,” President Jones said. “Erica is one of those graduates. I am pleased that she will be an instrumental part of the team working to engage our alumni in the lives of our current students.”

Kruckenberg was an International Economics and Global Studies major during her time at Bethany and enjoyed being an active part of the both the band and choir. She was a member of the Kappa Gamma Phi sorority and was part of student life as both a resident adviser and assistant resident director in Deer Hall West.

“I am excited beyond words to be back at Bethany,” Kruckenberg said. “I am looking forward to sharing my love of and passion for Bethany with other alumni. Bethany is a lifelong transformation that begins when you arrive on campus and never ends.”

Kruckenberg and her husband, who is a Lindsborg police officer, and their children are active in the community and campus events. Since returning, they have been a host family for Bethany students and proudly fly their Swedes flag on game days.