MISHAWAKA, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Bethel University Board of Trustees has selected Barbara Bellefeuille as the university’s interim president.
Bellefeuille, vice president for academic services, will begin in June following the resignation of President Gregg Chenoweth.
Bellefeuille has been with Bethel for more than eight years and spent 21 years at Toccoa Falls College, Georgia. Randy Lehman, chairman of the board of trustees, said her appointment was unanimously approved.
“As we looked at our next steps in the President’s search for Bethel University, it quickly became clear that the current cabinet already had a qualified interim candidate,” Lehman said in a press release. “Since 2012, Dr. Bellefeuille has provided excellent leadership in the faculty and academic services areas of the university.”
Bellefeuille, who holds a PhD in education, will be the first woman to serve as interim president at Bethel.
Earlier this month the university announced that Chenoweth would step down to become president of Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.
The university says it will begin a national search for Chenoweth’s permanent successor before Bellefeuille begins her new role.