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Bethards new Dean of SBU College of Business and Computer Science
BOLIVAR, Mo. — After conducting a nationwide search for a new Dean of the College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., the University is promoting Dr. Troy Bethards, associate professor of business administration, to the Dean’s position effective June 1.
“Dr. Bethards has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and great leadership skills,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost. “He is very well respected and trusted by the faculty. He understands their goals and what’s important to each of them.”
Bethards began teaching at SBU’s Springfield campus in 2000 and transferred to the Bolivar campus in 2003. He graduated from SBU in 1993 with a bachelor of science in economics and business administration and from Missouri State University in 1996 with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. He completed his doctorate in business administration with a concentration in finance from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., in 2010.
A Sam Walton Fellow, Bethards has been the adviser for the SBU Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) chapter since 2007 and was named the Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics/Finance in 2011.
He received the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award, selected by graduating students during the previous four years, in 2008. Students in the College of Business and Computer Science selected him to receive the Psalm 15 Award in 2004.
“The faculty that we have here in the College of Business and Computer Science and the culture in our college, the environment in which we interact with students, are second to none,” Bethards said. “To be able to lead out in that really excites me.”
Bethards and his wife, Monica, live in Bolivar and have a daughter, Alyssa, 14, and a son, Mason, 11. They are active in Wellspring Baptist Fellowship in Bolivar.
Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.