Bethany names Vogel interim president

By Chris Swick
June 16, 2015

Bethany College has named Doctor Robert Vogel as interim president effective July 1.

This is the second time Vogel has served in this capacity, as he also took up the post in 2007.

“The board is very pleased to welcome Bob back to campus,” Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of Bethany’s board of directors, said. “We are confident in his leadership abilities and his familiarity with Bethany and Lindsborg will be an asset as we move forward.”

Vogel retired as president of Wartburg College in 1998 after serving there for 18 years. Since then, he has served as interim president of five colleges and universities. Vogel also had a stint on the Bethany College Board of Directors in 2008-2009.

Vogel has given a one-year commitment to the post while the board conducts a search for its next president.

“I am looking forward to working with Bob again,” said Bob Carlson, interim provost. “His knowledge of Bethany and his experience with budgets, accreditation and other aspects of higher education is going to benefit the college in the next year.”

Dr. Edward F. Leonard III announced his intent to leave Bethany in May after eight years to become the president at Birmingham-Southern College.