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Bethany appoints interim president

BETHANY ­– Jamie Caridi has been selected as the interim president of Bethany College, according to an announcement made by the college’s board of trustees Thursday.

The appointment is effective Jan. 1.

“Jamie possesses the leadership skills, strategic vision and execution excellence Bethany needs to transform the institution and align it with the needs of the students and families it serves,” said Ken Bado, chair of the board. “As interim president, the board of trustees has asked him to innovate, optimize and drive changes to the college’s operating model that will elevate Bethany’s reputation and secure its place among the ranks of the best small colleges in America.”

Caridi is the founder and president of Terra Firma Consulting Services in Columbus, a full-service firm specializing in faith-based higher education management, strategic planning, academic planning and institutional renewal and turnaround. He and his company have been working with Bethany’s trustees, staff and faculty since May, helping to assess the state of the college and develop and implement a three-year strategic plan that will impact every aspect of the college in the years ahead.

“For more than 180 years, Bethany College has had a profound impact on society by graduating extremely gifted men and women who care deeply about their families, their faith, their professions and their communities,” Caridi said. “As interim president, I look forward to working with the board and senior leadership team to continue this mission and position the college for future prosperity.”

Caridi has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including having served as vice president for student development and dean of retention at Ohio Dominican University, assistant vice president and dean of students at St. Vincent College and adjunct professor, master of arts in higher education, at Geneva College.

He also served as the lead executive for the Columbus office of IMG where he oversaw a multi-million-dollar portfolio of 150 Fortune 500, national, regional and local corporate partners for Ohio State University and its athletic department.

“I and the board have made it clear to Jamie, the faculty, the staff, alumni and donors that his mission is to serve as a ‘change agent’ tasked with implementing much needed reforms to the college’s academic offerings, enrollment process, fundraising objectives and campus footprint through development and execution of the strategic plan,” Bado said.

Early next year, the board, with the assistance of an executive search firm, will begin a national search process to identify the next permanent president of the college.

Caridi succeeds Tamara Rodenberg, who announced on Sept. 1 her intent to step down on as president at the end of the year.

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