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Kim Thorstad

Kim Thorstad

Associate Dean of Student Success & Retention


  • B.S. in Elementary Education, Winona State University
  • M.S. in Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State University

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My favorite things about Bethel University

My favorite thing about Bethel is the true community feeling Bethel provides for our students, staff, and faculty. I enjoy being part of a community where every person is a valued member. Bethel strives to grow the members of our community both spiritually and educationally and I am honored to be a part of this process and look forward to my own continued growth.

My favorite thing about the Twin Cities and life

The Twin Cities offers so many fun activities throughout the year. We have outstanding opportunities to enjoy our many trail systems in and around the cities during all four seasons! Spending time in our parks and on the lakes with friends and family provides hours of fun and relaxation. Taking day trips outside of the cities is also a favorite adventure as there are so many new places to visit and see within driving distance.

My favorite things about being a Student Success Advisor

Helping students attain their goals successfully is my passion. Providing students with resources and next steps as they complete their programs from their first course through commencement is very rewarding. Every student has a different background and having the ability to listen and assist students so that they can move forward with their personal goals and career aspirations is very fulfilling to me.

Before working at Bethel

Before working at Bethel I was an academic advisor for graduate students earning their doctoral degrees at Walden University.