“John’s extensive experience has instilled in him the keenly developed insights and skills necessary for successful personnel management,” Miller stated. “Combined with his already in-depth knowledge of the College itself, he is well-positioned to manage the great breadth of resources that help make Bethany one of the nation’s premiere private colleges.”
As Director of Personnel Services, Wroten—who also serves as a part-time police officer for the town of Bethany—will oversee the College’s human resource functions, including compensation, benefits, recruitment, employee relations and personnel issues.
He will continue to oversee campus safety and security, which involves managing a staff of full-time officers; coordinating and implementing essential security and safety programs; and ensuring compliance with occupational safety and health standards, college policies and procedures and applicable state and federal laws.
Wroten joined the staff of Bethany College in 2007 after working for more than 21 years with the Wheeling Police Department. He began his career in Wheeling as a patrol officer and moved through the rank structure to his most recent post there, Commander of Investigations. As Commander, Wroten performed investigative and command functions and tactical field duties, as well as administrative functions such as staffing and payroll and the management of investigative officers under his direct command.
Wroten received a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University in 2004. His studies focused on human resources and organizational effectiveness, which—along with his work experience—gives him a strategic perspective on leadership and the management of organizational resources.
During his time with the Wheeling police, Wroten was awarded a Medal of Valor, two Life Saving Medals, and 10 Department Commendations. During the 2008-2009 academic year, the Bethany College Social Work Program recognized his contributions to the College and community by presenting him with its Staff Person of the Year Award.
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.