Alumni Represent Vast Human
It has been a year since the announcement of my appointment as president
of the College. Since then, one of my most rewarding privileges has
been the opportunity to visit with alumni all over the country, hearing
from them first-hand what makes Bethany special. The College’s
niche in the hearts of those who have lived and matured here goes
well beyond its haunting natural beauty and inspiring history. Their
feelings go to the very soul of Bethany, as a place of legacy, tradition
and spirit that stays with those who have been touched by it for a
My first Homecoming, with the accompanying dedication of Christman
Manor in honor of our alumnus, board member and devoted friend Neil
Christman ’55, was very special. It also featured an open house
at the former Bethany Primary School, recently renovated as the Judith
R. Hurl Education Center - one of the many ways in which alumnus Rod
Hurl ’52 and his family have supported Bethany. The weekend
has given me additional insight into what makes this marvelous institution
Meeting the many distinguished alumni awards recipients and hearing
their stories of the role that this College has played in their lives
has also been an inspiration, as have the speakers at my installation--people
such as Paul Chewning ’75, Beth Athol ’82 and Thad Allen
Throughout the football season, the Bethanian spirit displayed by
our alumni during the tailgate parties at the recently-renovated Bison
Stadium--along with their obvious enthusiasm and love for their alma
mater--have been contagious.
Of all these hundreds of visits and meetings, one that struck me
as particularly representative of the lifelong connection so many
of our alumni feel to this special place we call Bethany found me
sitting with Bob Martin ‘41 in his living room after lunch one
day. Looking through book after book of his photographic history of
Bethany and the letters he has saved, I was fascinated to hear him
reminisce about his lifetime commitment to Bethany College. He has
sponsored innumerable projects on campus, too many to cite individually.
We owe alumni like Bob a huge debt of gratitude.
From recent alumni to those from earlier classes, the one thing
I’ve found they share--besides their pride in Bethany--is, in
the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, “the content
of their character,” formed on our mountaintop campus.
I’ve listened and learned many things from our alumni, but
above all, I’ve come to recognize that--in the words of Greg
Jordan ’81, Chair of our Board of Trustees--they give us a tremendous
competitive advantage. Our Bethany alumni, all 22,000 strong, represent
a wonderfully vast reservoir of human capital.
Not only are Bethanians famously loyal to their alma mater, they
are known for their passion about the College and their experience
as part of this community. By tapping into this passion and giving
alumni a chance to be part of a winning success story, we will find
that our College’s best years are still ahead of us.
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President of the College
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