Randy Bergen

Job Titles


Randy's primary job as associate provost is to help ensure the academic quality of all adult undergraduate, seminary, and graduate programs. Before becoming an academic administrator, he was a psychology professor with research interests in academic success and resilience in the wake of failure.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign - Ph.D., 1991
  • University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign - A.M., 1988
  • Greenville College - B.A., 1984


Randy is a graduate of a Christian liberal arts college. He experienced amazing growth and transformation while an undergraduate and decided to become a Christian college prof. He began his academic career at Geneva College as an assistant professor and spent 11 years there. He moved to his alma mater Greenville College (now Greenville University) to become a dean. There he found a clear calling in academic administration. He came to Bethel in 2013 to support President Jay Barnes.

Over the course of his career, he has been a grant writer, adjunct instructor, untenured and tenured faculty member, dean, academic VP, associate provost, provost, special assistant to the president, acting president, and held interim posts as CFO and chief marketing officer. He even worked in facilities while a student. That breadth of experience is helpful on a day-to-day basis as he leads and supports the work of three schools within Bethel: the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and the Graduate School.

Courses Taught

EDUC 867 - Budgeting and Fiscal Management in Higher Education