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President of Bethany College

Dr. Tamara Nichols RodenbergThe Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg became Bethany’s 20th President on January 1, 2016. Her vision has been to build on Bethany’s historic Liberal Arts education model while creating a new dynamic environment where students can prepare themselves for the modern economy with tools that will make them ethical, innovative leaders. Before coming to Bethany, Dr. Rodenberg served on the campus of Texas Christian University as Brite’s Vice President for Advancement in Fort Worth, TX where she rebuilt the fundraising program and redesigned their digital and print marketing. Prior to her arrival at TCU in 2011, Dr. Rodenberg was a two-year intentional interim President at the Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont, California. Before serving as interim President, she served the Foundation as Dean for Southern California overseeing the academic programs of the students. Throughout her career, Dr. Rodenberg has held a variety of administrative and teaching positions. She has taught courses in Ethics, Inter-Cultural Studies, Philosophy, World Religions, the Sociology of Religion, and History and Polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as an adjunct member of the faculties of Claremont School of Theology and San Francisco Theological Seminary.



Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, Ph.D.
Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland, Directed Research
Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY, Master of Divinity
United Theological College, Bangalore, South India, Directed Research Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, Bachelor of Arts


Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion Development and Institutional Advancement Program-Association of Theological Schools Program for Philanthropic Partnerships, Lone Star Council National Association of Professional Women Association for Women in Development



Dr. Rodenberg and her husband John have two children, Heather and Matthew and they reside on campus at the President’s residence, Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.

Bethany Connect Strategic Vision


A liberal arts education produces leaders—the critical thinkers who develop the big ideas, pave uncharted paths, and create the strategies needed for a successful future. In the process, our students learn to make deep connections so they can connect with others and the world in the most meaningful of ways.

So begins our bold vision for our College in Bethany Connect—a distinctive vision that incorporates five exciting pathways that will enable Bethany graduates to achieve unprecedented student success. Our strategic plan provides an opportunity for us to blaze a new trail—one where our students will discover the power of our exemplary teaching and learning, and an education that fully embraces a holistic approach designed to identify, hone, and strengthen their unique talents.

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