BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College, announced that Dr. Gary Kappel, Professor of History and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, will serve as the College’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“Dr. Kappel’s main focus as Associate Vice President will be to lead the continuing development of Bethany College’s assessment efforts,” Fields stated. “Dr. Kappel’s excellent work guiding the North Central/HLC re-affirmation process, his deep institutional knowledge and his long commitment to Bethany make him a perfect choice for this position, and I very much look forward to working with him.”
As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kappel will coordinate the academic program assessment, student learning assessment and institutional effectiveness efforts of Bethany College. His new post will begin July 1.
A Bethany alumnus, Kappel joined the Bethany faculty in 1983 after earning his master’s degree and doctorate from West Virginia University. Throughout his time with the College, he has served as Chair of the Department of History and Political Science and recently acted as Interim Dean of Faculty during the College’s search for a Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.
Fields’ announcement came on the heels of Bethany’s successful completion of its re-accreditation process, which Kappel spearheaded as Chair of the Bethany College Reaffirmation of Accreditation Team. Reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College received a recommendation from the visiting team for the maximum 10 years before the next accreditation process.
Kappel also recently received a resolution on behalf of the College Board of Trustees, signed by Bethany College President Scott D. Miller and Bethany Board Chair Greg Jordan, expressing “gratitude to Gary for his tremendous leadership, task orientation, and exemplary work.” The resolution was presented in conjunction with Miller’s State of the College Address in February.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.