William Jones named president of Bethany College
May 13, 2016
Vice President for External Relations
William Jones, Vice President for External Relations at LaGrange College, has
been elected president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, both institutions
Jones has served at LaGrange since 2010 and will assume leadership of his new
institution on July 1.
LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said the selection, while sad for the
LaGrange area, reflects well on both the individual and the institution.
“It is with great institutional and personal pride that I congratulate Will Jones
on being named the next president of Bethany College,” McAlexander said. “His creative
intelligence, boundless enthusiasm and impeccable personal integrity will make
him a great leader of that historic institution.
“Will has been a major leader of efforts contributing to LaGrange College’s success,
including its enrollment growth and increase in philanthropic giving. We will miss
him and wish him all the best.”
During Jones’ six-year tenure on the Hill, LaGrange College has launched a branding
and marketing campaign that won regional Emmy and Addy awards, has grown its undergraduate
population by almost 25 percent and has raised its alumni-giving rate by 58 percent.
Jones has been the driving force behind building a culture of philanthropy at
the college, including starting an Advancement Roundtable that has brought the
chief advancement officers of nearly 70 colleges and universities to the campus,
launching a master’s degree in philanthropy and development, and creating a January
Interim Term class for undergraduates on the topic.
Last month, the college also announced the public phase of a $45 to $50 million
fundraising campaign, which has the construction of a new laboratory science building
as its centerpiece.
“I am deeply grateful for the time my family and I have been privileged to spend
at LaGrange College and in the LaGrange community,” Jones said. “With the progress
we continue to see, I am confident that the college’s best years lie ahead.”
Jones also has been an active local volunteer, serving as a commissioner on the
LaGrange Housing Authority, as a board member for LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, and as a Sunday school teacher at First
United Methodist Church.
Before coming to LaGrange, he served as vice president for institutional advancement
at Goshen (Indiana) College from 2006, and as director of the Berea Fund at Berea
(Kentucky) College from 2003.
Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Berea College and his
master’s in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
He is currently completing his doctorate in international conflict management from
Kennesaw State University. He and his wife, Amy, have six children.
Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College is consistently
ranked among the South’s top colleges by U.S.News & World Report. A four-year
liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church,
LaGrange offers more than 70 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement