BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller has announced he will be leaving Bethany College at the end of the academic year to serve as president of Virginia Wesleyan College.
Currently in his eighth year at Bethany, Dr. Miller has led the College to a number of successes, which include increasing enrollment and growing the endowment to more than $50 million. His leadership has placed Bethany College in sound financial standing. The College is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary.
“Dr. Miller has helped to grow Bethany during a time of national financial uncertainty. Bethany has come out of the Great Recession stronger than many similar institutions, a task for which much of the credit goes to Dr. Miller,” said Greg Jordan, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and a 1981 Bethany graduate.
“While Dr. Miller will be missed, we are confident that we are in an outstanding position to attract a high-caliber higher education leader,” Jordan said.
Jordan cited the College’s long reputation of academic strength, a student-centered learning environment, and exceptional faculty members – 90 percent of whom have terminal degrees in their fields – as key to the College’s success. “The College will be searching for a new president who will embrace the qualities of the Bethany residential Liberal Arts experience while continuing to move the College forward.”
Jordan announced that John Thornburg of Witt/Kieffer, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been retained to conduct the national search. The executive search firm has 40 years of experience matching ideal candidates with organizations throughout the nation.
Throughout Dr. Miller’s presidency, the College has seen four of the largest classes in nearly 40 years; increased student diversity; and an additional 300 non-traditional students have enrolled in specialized programs for pastors and religious leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bethany’s founding denomination. The College also welcomed its first graduate program, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and the College’s curriculum was globalized to include partnerships with 18 international institutions.
Dr. Miller initiated substantial facility improvements at Bethany including the renovation of historic Cochran Residence Hall, the addition of artificial turf, an1,800-square-foot locker room, an all-weather track, and stadium lights as well as a 24-hour fitness center and other improvements including integration of the Bethany library into the Bowen Central Virtual Library of Appalachia.
Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.