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Bethel University President to Retire Next Month

MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Bethel University President Robert Prosser is retiring effective July 31.

University officials confirmed the retirement, Thursday afternoon. Walter Butler, who currently serves as business affairs director, will become the interim president on August 1.

Prosser was elected as the president of what was then known as Bethel College in the July 1998.

A news release stated, “Prosser is credited with building the school back to prosperity after it almost had to close its doors in the 1990s due mainly to a string of years of poor enrollment. Under Prosser’s leadership, enrollment went from just over 200 students in fall 1998 to more than 5,000 students in fall 2012. Prosser’s visionary approach to leadership led to the implementation of a number of programs that attributed to increased enrollment.”

Under Prosser’s leadership, their Success program, which geared bachelor’s level classroom experiences toward the needs of adult learners with full-time jobs and family responsibilities, has grown to include satellite campuses in six locations across Tennessee, and adult learners now have the option of face-to-face classroom learning or online learning.”