Board Committees

Executive Committee

Membership: The chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary of the board and such other members of the board that may be appointed by the board.

Responsibilities: Responsible for meeting to act on behalf of the board between its regular meetings.

Bethel Staff membership: President, Executive Assistant to the President

Compensation and Performance Sub-Committee

Membership: 6

Responsibilities: Responsible for establishing and overseeing the overall compensation, benefit, and performance review policies of Bethel and annually evaluate the performance of the President.
Brings forward to the Board recommendations on

  • Compensation Policies
  • Performance of the President

Bethel Staff membership: President, Executive Assistant to the President, and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Academic Programs Committee

Membership: 10

Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of program development and initiatives, review of key performance indicators and outcome measures of the academic program, oversight of university structure, and matters related to personnel for these programs

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Actions on academic personnel (appointment, promotion, tenure, sabbatical graduations)
  • Program development and initiatives (oversight of new program proposals, sustaining programs, closing programs)
  • Review of key performance indicators and outcome measures (monitoring information from programs, including admissions and financial aid
  • Oversight of university structure

Bethel Staff membership: Executive Vice President and Provost, Executive Director of the Seminary, Vice President of CAS, Vice President of CAPS/GS, Vice President for Enrollment, Retention, and Financial Aid, and Chief Diversity Officer

Facilities and Forecasting Committee

Membership: 6

Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of facilities issues, including buildings, grounds, and technology concerns, as these support institutional strategic plans and campus master planning.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Buildings and Grounds (facilities improvements and initiatives)
  • Campus Master Planning
  • Strategic Plans and Initiatives

Bethel Staff membership: Vice President for Information Technology Services, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operational Effectiveness, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Retention, and Vice President for Facilities and Planning

Finance and Administration Committee

Membership: 6

Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of spending and policy decisions, tracking and analysis of administrative costs and effectiveness. Oversee investments and long-range financial planning.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Spending and policy decisions (approval of budget, contracts, salaries, retirement)
  • Tracking and analysis of administrative costs and effectiveness
  • Investments

Bethel Staff membership: Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Retention

Audit (subcommittee of Finance)

Membership: A subcommittee of Finance and Administration

Responsibilities: Monitors the university's system of internal control, accounting policies and reporting procedures. Serves as focal point of communication between the Trustees, and outside auditors, including state and federal agencies.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Acceptance of the annual financial audit
  • Monitoring the University's system of internal control, accounting policies, and financial reporting procedures.

Bethel Staff membership: Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Committee on Trustees

Membership: 6

Responsibilities: Responsible for nominations for membership, orientation of trustees, recommended board development activities, and evaluation of trustee service. Recommends revision of policy and bylaws.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Nomination of new trustees
  • Orientation of trustees
  • Evaluation of Trustees
  • Development activities for board members
  • Revision of board policies and bylaws
  • Board Documents

Bethel Staff membership: President, Executive Assistant to the President

Co-Curricular Programs Committee

Membership: 6

Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of student development and spiritual formation policies and initiatives at the university, across all campuses.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Campus ministries initiatives on spiritual formation, chapel, missions, and outreach programs
  • Student life initiatives and programs, including residence life, leadership, career services, and policies related to student conduct

Bethel Staff membership: Dean of Campus Ministries, Vice President for Student Life, senior staff from Seminary and CAPS/GS Student Life and Campus Ministries, and Chief Diversity Officer

Advancement Committee

Membership: 8

Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of alumni and parent relations activities, communications and marketing, outreach activities, and capital campaign planning.

Brings forward to the Board recommendations on:

  • Alumni and parent relations initiatives and programs
  • Communications and marketing initiatives
  • Outreach and partnership planning and programs
  • Capital campaign

Bethel Staff membership: Senior Vice President for University Relations, Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Vice President for Development, Executive Director of Bethel Foundation