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New Hires: Head of Enrollment Management, Project Manager

Tim Eaton S’07 is Bethel’s new vice president for enrollment management after working the last five years at Capella University in Minneapolis.

Bethel University has announced Tim Eaton as the new vice president for enrollment management. Eaton most recently worked at Capella University in Minneapolis as the manager of learner financial services and previously as financial aid supervisor. He is a 2007 Bethel Seminary graduate with a master’s degree in Christian Thought and received his bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago.

Faculty and staff from Bethel Seminary, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the College of Adult & Professional Studies, and the Graduate School were involved in the hiring process. “I am impressed by Eaton's energy, creativity, and passion for Christian education,” says Sara Shady, CAS professor of philosophy. “He brings together a strong commitment to and understanding of the liberal arts mission of CAS as well as the experience and vision needed to help our other divisions distinguish themselves effectively in the competitive market of adult higher education.”

As vice president for enrollment management, Eaton will oversee admissions and financial aid for the university, with the admissions directors and financial aid director reporting to him. He will also serve on Bethel’s Executive Leadership Team.

In addition, Bethel introduces Bob Nielsen as project manager for the university. “Bob is here to provide project management skills and leadership to key strategic initiatives, like the Post-traditional Project,” says Joe LaLuzerne, senior vice president for strategic planning and operational effectiveness. “He is also charged with creating a project management office through which others at Bethel can develop project management skills while using consistent approaches to project execution.”

Before coming to Bethel, Nielsen gained nearly 20 years of project management experience by working in his own project management consulting firm and previously for McGladrey, now known as RSM US LLP, a leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services. Nielsen holds  a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 


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