Bethany College Prepares for Baccalaureate, Commencement Ceremonies  

Bethany College will host its annual Commencement activities May 13-14. A Baccalaureate service is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 in Commencement Hall at the College’s historic Old Main. The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will speak at the event. President Miller will host a reception honoring parents and members of the Class of 2011 on the front lawn of Old Main immediately following the Baccalaureate service. In case of rain the reception will be held on the corridor of Old Main.
Commencement activities for the Class of 2011 will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Tilock Ampitheatre on the Quadrangle of Old Main. President of Ogden Newspapers, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting will deliver the Commencement address.  

Bethany Board of Trustees member Robert Nutting is the President and CEO of Ogden Newspapers, Inc., Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chairman of Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The Nutting family has a majority interest in the Pirates and owns both Ogden Newspapers and Seven Springs Resorts.

Nutting has a longstanding commitment to education, serving as Chairman of the Board of the Linsly School (Wheeling, W.Va.) as a board member of The Thacher School (Ojai, Calif.) and as past Chairman of the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities.

Nutting has also taken an active leadership role in many professional and charitable organizations. He was instrumental in the launch of the Pirates’ charitable arm, Pirates Charities, an organization dedicated to strengthening the Pittsburgh region, with special emphasis on supporting youth health, fitness and education. He was recently honored as “Light of the Valley” by the Wheeling YMCA for his contributions toward improving the lives of children and families in the Ohio Valley.

Nutting serves as a board member and Treasurer of the Newspaper Association of America and is a former President of the West Virginia Press Association. Nutting supports various environmental programs and is Vice-Chairman of the Nature Conservancy/West Virginia Chapter and the former Chapter President and current member of Trout Unlimited. In addition, Nutting serves on the Board of Directors at the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh.

Nutting lives in Wheeling, W. Va., with his wife Leslie and three daughters. He earned his B.A. in American History from Williams College in Massachusetts. He is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor, as well as an avid fisherman and skier.
The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams serves as the Associate General Minister and Vice President and Chief of Staff for the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His many responsibilities include working closely with the Disciples of Christ General Assembly, General Board, Disciples Mission Fund and Promotion, Treasury Services, Stewardship Ministries and Communication Ministries.

Rev. Adams is also the liaison to the Christian Church Foundation, Pension Fund, Church Extension, Wilshire Christian Church Foundation, and the National City Christian Church Foundation. 

Rev. Adams has served as the Senior Minister of Memorial Drive Christian Church, Houston, Texas. He is a 1994 graduate of Chapman University, where he earned his degree in political science. He continued his studies at Phillips Theological Seminary, where he received his masters of divinity in 1997. Wesley Theological Seminary presented him with a doctor of ministry in stewardship and leadership in 2007.   

Rev. Adams’ academic research has focused on the steward as a biblical image of leadership. His work has address critical issues regarding leadership in the church, concerns also developed during his time serving in a Lewis Fellowship that focused on pastoral and congregational leadership. 

He also presents workshops for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on a variety of topics, including non-profit governance, congregational leadership, congregational staff management and stewardship. 

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of W.Va. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.