Robert Prosser Pres., Bethel University


Bethel University President to Retire Next Month

Heather Mathis

CARROLL CO. Tenn.- Bethel University President Robert Prosser announced Thursday his plans to retire at the 183rd General Assembly of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Prosser has been with the university for 15 years, and the school said they excelled under his leadership. His last day will be July 31.

"He has accomplished so much during that time, it is just unbelievable," said Director of Public Relations, Jennifer Glass.

Bethel University almost had to close its doors in the 1990's due to poor enrollment. The school said they credit Prosser's 15 years with the university for keeping them alive.

"When he began, enrollment was at a little over 200. This past fall enrollment was over 5,000," said Glass.

Bethel has grown to include six satellite campuses across the state, and added many new programs.

"For 170 years, Bethel has been meeting the education need of its students," said Prosser. "That service will continue. I have been fortunate to be a part of a tremendous venture and I look forward to more exciting things to come at Bethel University."

The Board of Trustees also announced Prosser will become President Emeritus in recognition of his 15 years with the school.

Walter Butler, Director of Financial Affairs, was announced as Interim President.


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