May 12, 2015 | noon
By Suzanne McInroy, Director of Communications
During their May meeting, the Board of Trustees approved for Pine Tree Center to be renamed after Board of Trustee member, long-time donor, and Bethel friend Rollie Anderson and his wife, Barbara.
“Rollie was instrumental in helping Bethel acquire Pine Tree through his real estate knowledge, financial support, and financial loan to the university,” says Bethel University President Jay Barnes. “When we purchased Pine Tree in December 2013, Rollie and Barb requested his role in the process be anonymous. However, we encouraged them to step forward and allow us to recognize their generosity and leadership by having the building called the Anderson Center. Their passion has always been to advance God’s agenda in the world and to support Bethel’s mission. Their humility and unselfishness are remarkable”
Anderson is the CEO of Anderson Trucking Service, Inc., in St. Cloud, Minnesota. ATS is a family business founded by Anderson’s father in 1955 and run today by Anderson, his brother, son, and nephew.
The Anderson family’s connection to Bethel spans three generations as well. Rollie Anderson’s father was a donor and his children, Julie (Anderson) Edinger ’93 and Brent Anderson ’98, attended Bethel. Barbara Anderson earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bethel in 2001.