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Sherrye Hudson Employee Testimonial

“Working at Bethel is like going to work with family,” said Advisor, Sherrye Hudson. “There is genuine care for each other in all situations in life, from grief to happiness, and helpful hands are always present when needed. When you work at Bethel, your work family is just as important as your home family.” Hudson has been a part of the Bethel University family for 20 years. Throughout that time, she has held positions in several departments throughout the university including advising, financial aid, and housekeeping.

Hudson is passionate about helping others. As an advisor, Hudson is able to utilize her passion as she aids students throughout their educational journeys. “Not everyone can say they love coming to work,” Hudson said. “I am happy watching people better themselves and grow through the process of earning a college degree, which is often thought to be unobtainable. Through earning their degrees, students grow both as individuals and professionals. I love to watch students succeed here so that they can, in turn, succeed in life outside of Bethel.”

Jesse Lewis Employee Testimonial

Culture, comradery, and innovation are the characteristics that make Bethel University both a unique and positive work environment, according to Admissions Counselor, Jesse Lewis. Lewis stated, “Bethel affords me constant opportunity to be a part of exciting innovation and actively contribute to a bigger picture. In times of change, employees come together as a family and lift each other. Departments act as a unified team and step out of a familiar comfort zone to embrace an exciting future. The care and consideration of our student body serve as the moral compass in our decision making.” Lewis finds a sense of purpose in her role as she works diligently to aid prospective students through the admissions process. Lewis looks forward to helping many more students take the next step on their path to attaining a degree from Bethel University!

TICUA Proudly Presents 2019-20 Executive Leadership Institute Class

Nashville, TN— TICUA today announced the fourth cohort of its Executive Leadership Institute, welcoming fourteen senior officials from private and independent colleges across the state to the innovative leadership development program, which prepares university leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to serve students and build healthy campuses.
“The Executive Leadership Institute is unlike any other leadership development program in the state and nation, and we are excited to begin the fourth cohort,” said Claude Pressnell, President of TICUA. “Over the next nine months, these senior campus officials will have the opportunity to learn from each other and leaders in higher education about what it takes to build and sustain a healthy campus that helps students succeed.”

The ELI participants, known as Pressnell Fellows, have been selected by their institution’s president to participate. During the course of the program, they will gain knowledge and insight on key issues related to leading a higher education institution today including, institutional governance, educational policy and politics, strategic planning, friend- and fund-raising, public relations, internal and external communications, enrollment management, academics and faculty relations, and financial management. 

In each of these areas, Fellows learn from content experts and sitting TICUA member presidents and explore solutions to campus-specific questions, problems, issues, or challenges utilizing data-driven decision-making.

ELI graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions at Tennessee higher education institutions including the presidency of Johnson University, interim presidencies at Martin Methodist University and Carson-Newman University. 

2019-20 Pressnell Fellows:
Will Ingram, Associate Vice President and CIO, Belmont University
Kimberly Martin, Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Bethel University
Tim Hostetler, Vice President of Student Services & Ministries, Bryan College
Eddie Lovin, Executive Director of Enrollment Services, Cumberland University
Matt Roberts, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, King University
Darlette Samuels, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Lane College
Mark Walker, Vice President for Ministerial Development, Lee University
Allison Duke, Associate Dean, College of Business, Lipscomb University
Daniel McMasters, Vice President, Student Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Dan Klingensmith, Vice President and Dean of the College, Maryville College
Lindsay Elkins, Director of Academic Programs, Southern College of Optometry
Katrina Chapman, Registrar, Trevecca Nazarene University
Candice Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University
Craig Mahler, Vice President for Financial Affairs/CFO, Welch College 

Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Wrinkle Building in downtown McKenzie, Tennessee.

Meeting your fiancé’s parents is usually stressful, but when Joanna and John become engaged everyone involved must confront the truth about themselves and each other. Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting racial equality and practicing racial equality–especially in 1967. Throughout the evening, friends, colleagues, and clergy all stop by the Drayton’s idyllic San Francisco terrace to share their views about the couple’s love. At the end of the day, will the love between young Joanna and John prevail? 

“We are thrilled to bring this classic film to life in McKenzie, TN,” commented Aubrey Doyle, Director of Renaissance Theatre. “The script flaunts brilliant writing and in 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. With humor and insight, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner begins a conversation sure to continue at dinner tables long after the final bows.”

Join Renaissance Theatre in the transformed Wrinkle Hardware building in downtown McKenzie as they present this wonderful piece of theatre that is sure to challenge and inspire you.   

Ryan Griffin, Director of Renaissance Relations, states “This will be an exciting experience for the audience as they will feel immersed in the story while seated surrounding the stage located in the center of the room. Seating is limited, so get your tickets before they are gone!”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner will take place September 20th, 21th, 27th, & 28th at 7:00 PM with a 2:00 PM Matinee on the 28th. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, go to or contact our office at (731) 352-6980 located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie. Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  

The Wrinkle Building is located at 42 Lee Ave, McKenzie, TN 38201.

For more information about Bethel and the Renaissance program, go to

SC Technical College System announces partnership with Bethel University

COLUMBIA, SC — The SC Technical College System announced a partnership agreement today with Bethel University that will make it easier for graduates of the System’s 16 colleges across the state to transfer to Bethel to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Located in Tennessee, Bethel University is a private institution affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.

This partnership is designed to aid students in making a smoother transition from the SC Technical College System to Bethel University. It will help reduce lost time to graduation and relieve some of the added financial burden now associated with transferring. Participating students must graduate from a transfer-oriented associate degree program at a South Carolina technical college with a 2.0 or higher grade-point average.

Bethel University Vice President Dr. Kimberly Martin stated that this academic partnership “demonstrates our commitment to promoting continued education opportunities for all students. By offering bachelor’s degree completion programs that are convenient and designed specifically for adult learners, we are reinforcing the fact that lifetime learning is the key to success,” she said.

“This partnership agreement is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Tim Hardee, president for the System. “Accessibility, affordability and relevance are key tenets of the SC Technical College System. This collaborative agreement works to strengthen those fundamental values by expanding access for our students to a baccalaureate education with a university that has expanded online offerings in high-demand fields.”

“We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our online education partnerships into South Carolina,” said Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler. “It allows both Bethel and the SC Technical College System to further prepare graduates to thrive in today’s competitive professional environment. We look forward to offering students the personal care and relevant curriculum that Bethel University is known for.”

Bethel University announces partnership with Madisonville Community College

McKenzie, TN, Aug. 13, 2019 — Bethel University Vice President Dr. Kimberly Martin announced today that Bethel University has entered into a partnership with Madisonville Community College (MCC). The partnership will allow MCC alumni to complete their bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Leadership, Criminal Justice, or Emergency Services Management at Bethel University.

Bethel University will accept all credits from students’ associate’s degrees from MCC, permitting students to build upon their previously held degree. Students who have completed an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree at MMC may enter Bethel University with junior standing. Students will have the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree entirely online through Bethel’s Virtual Campus.

Martin stated, “We’re excited to partner with Madisonville Community College to offer MCC graduates the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at Bethel University while staying close to home.”  The online programs provided by Bethel University allow students to complete their coursework from the comforts of home while still maintaining their daily responsibilities. “Our 100 percent online degree programs are designed for working professionals, so we think they will work well for MCC graduates who want to continue their education, but also need to enter the workforce. We’re looking forward to welcoming MCC alumni into the Bethel family,” she added.

A one-time $500 scholarship is available to any MCC associate degree graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher who enrolls at Bethel University within three years of graduating from MCC. Additionally, the application fee will be waived for any MCC applicant that completes all admission paperwork within two weeks after submitting an application.

“Our university partnerships are nothing but a benefit to our students,” said Madisonville Community College President Dr. Cynthia Kelley. “When you have a good, meaningful online program, students who are place-bound don’t have to leave. Instead, they can transfer directly into a school like Bethel and still be able to remain in one place. We at MCC can still support them with the help of the faculty and staff at Bethel.”

If you are interested in learning more about the programs available at Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies, contact Brittany Morgan at 731-407-7620 or

Bethel University Summer 2019 Commencement

MCKENZIE, TN –Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie.

Dr. Brock Martin will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Martin was born in McKenzie, TN and attended Bethel College from 2003-2006 and was a member of the Men’s Basketball team. He completed is a graduate of Logan University in Chesterfield, MO in 2008, attained his doctorate degree at Logan College of Chiropractic and in 2018 he completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program allowing him to join a group of less than 5% of his chiropractic peers with this certification.

Dr. Martin’s awards and honors include “2016 Rising Chiropractor of the Year” for the Tennessee Chiropractic Association, Jackson Sun’s “40 under 40,” 2016 WestStar Leadership Program graduate, and a 2019 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy graduate. In 2016, Dr. Martin was appointed to the Bethel University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Martin stays heavily involved within the local community serving the Huntingdon Industrial Board as Treasurer, the Carroll County United Way Board, and current President of the Huntingdon Lions Club, a Tennessee Promise Mentor, serves on the Alumni Council for WestStar, and a volunteer referee for Upward Basketball.

Dr. Martin serves his local and state health care community as a member of the Carroll County Health Council, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association as Chairman of the Opioid Task force and member of the Government Relations Committee. He has Staff Privileges at Henry County Medical Center and is an Adjunct Professor for Logan University. Dr. Martin will become President of the Tennessee Chiropractic Association in January which serves as the governing voice for the 2,100 physicians across the state.

Bethel has played an integral part in Dr. Martin’s life. His mother and father, Barry and Connie Martin, are both Bethel College graduates from the class of 1976. His two younger sisters are both Bethel Alums, with Anna Martin Kilburn graduating in 2009 with a BS in Nursing and Paige Martin graduating in 2013 with a BS in Human Services. Dr. Brock has served as the Chiropractic Physician to the Athletic Department for the past several seasons and has donated back countless services and time to his University in this manner. His office has routinely allowed preceptors from Bethel University’s Athletic Training program. He and his wife have welcomed numerous PA students and Pre-Professional Health Studies students to shadow and intern through their office over the years.

Dr. Brock Martin and his wife, Dr. Krista Martin have own Southern Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Huntingdon, TN. He and Krista reside in Huntingdon with their 3 year-old son, Steele Kurtz Martin.

President Walter Butler stated, “We are honored to have Dr. Brock Martin as our summer commencement speaker here at Bethel. He and his family are long-time friends and supporters of our Bethel community. His service to West TN, the state and his medical colleagues is such a testament to Brock’s servant-leadership.”

Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at

Standout Student: Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police at Tennessee State University (TSU), has led a successful career in law enforcement for over 35 years. Throughout those years, Robinson has been recognized for his professional achievements on various occasions. To date, Robinson has added two additional honors to his résumé in the year 2019. Even more impressive, Robinson has earned these awards while also managing his responsibilities as a student in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program at Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies.

The first award presented to Robinson in 2019 was the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Award from his employer, TSU. This annual award is given to university faculty, staff members, or administrators commemorating their efforts in community service and service-learning.

The second, very prestigious award presented to Robinson this year was the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Award for Administrative Excellence. The award recognizes those who have implemented new ideas, cost-saving procedures, or management techniques within their departments. Robinson attributes his selection as the IACLEA Award winner primarily to his creation and implementation of an officer retention plan. The tactics incorporated in the retention plan assist in making officers feel appreciated and valued which, according to Robinson, has positively affected job performance. Additionally, there has been a 36% decrease in crime on the TSU campus since Robinson began his role at the university.

As Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police, Robinson has an immensely demanding career. He knew it would be nearly impossible to remain in his professional role and attend weekly classes due to his professional responsibilities and time restraints. The flexibility of the online MSCJ program provides a means for students, like Robinson, to continue working full-time while earning a degree simultaneously.  The program provides professionals with practical tools and skills that can be incorporated into the workplace “on a daily basis” according to Robinson.

“A lot of things that I have gained in my classes, I’ve used in my workplace,” Robinson stated. “For example, the material that I learned in one of my classes allowed me to put together a statistical presentation for our board, which provided a visual representation of the success that the department has had in crime reduction.” The MSCJ program is designed for law enforcement professionals, as well as those who are interested in furthering their careers in criminal justice and can be completed in as little as 19-23 months.

Robinson is projected to graduate from the MSCJ program in November of 2020. After graduating from Bethel University, he plans to continue his education by pursuing a doctoral degree.

For more information about the IACLEA Administrative Excellence Award, visit the IACLEA website at

If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing higher education while working full time, contact Lance Tasker at or 931-444-9864, or visit

Alumni Spotlight: Scott Conger

Scott Conger, a Bethel University Alumnus and the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Tenn., is widely known for his service to the local community. As a Jackson, Tenn. native, Conger has spent his career working towards the betterment of his hometown through his volunteer work and service as a board member for multiple education and economic boards within the region. Throughout his career, Conger has served as a board member for the Jackson Chamber, Jackson Downtown Development Corporation, and Area Relief Ministries among others. Conger will begin his term as mayor on July 1.

In addition to his role as mayor, Conger serves as president and CEO of United Way of West Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that “focuses on uniting people and resources to build a stronger, healthier community” according to the United Way website. The organization provides services such as disaster relief and Christmas assistance to the community. Conger has held this role since 2015. Preceding his current position, Conger served as a city councilman for the city of Jackson for six years.

The mayor-elect and CEO is a proud Bethel University Alumnus and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Bethel University. Conger graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Bethel University College of Professional Studies in 2012. Conger, who has an undergraduate degree in history, offered, “I knew if I wanted to do anything beyond my current role, I needed to get an MBA or graduate degree. I think everything that I’ve done since graduating has been, in part, because of my MBA from Bethel University.”

The Bethel University College of Professional Studies MBA program, which was named one of the top 25 executive MBA programs in the nation by College Consensus, can be completed online in as little as 19-23 months. Conger noted that the program is “very manageable” for working adults due to its online delivery which allows students to complete the program while working full-time. When asked if he had any advice for others who may be considering the possibility of furthering their education with an MBA from Bethel University, Conger responded, “Do it!”

If you would like to be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight, please fill out the alumni information card on the Bethel University website or send a detailed email highlighting your accomplishments to