As the 14th president of Bethany College, Will Jones has challenged the faculty, staff, and coaches with producing graduates who become successful professionals who love God and love people. Bethany College’s Christian commitment to higher education and the deep community found in close-knit Lindsborg attracted Will to serve at Bethany. As someone who grew up in traumatic poverty in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, he knows first-hand how a liberal arts education and hard work can transform a student’s life. A determination to be a college graduate was instilled at an early age by his parents; his mom was an eighth grade dropout and his dad dropped out in the ninth grade. A passion for fundraising for private colleges and universities and a passion to help others has shaped his career as a servant leader.
At LaGrange College he led record fundraising and enrollment growth and was instrumental in starting a Master’s program in Philanthropy and Development. He also led successful fundraising efforts at both Goshen College and Berea College. He is currently completing a doctorate in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Will earned a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Berea College.
He and his wife, Amy, formerly a special education teacher, have six children.