Dordt College News

New V-P for Student Services at Dordt College

June 7, 2007

Dordt College President Carl E. Zylstra has announced the appointment of Bethany Schuttinga, Ames, IA, as Vice President for Student Services at the college for the upcoming academic year.

“I am delighted to be returning to Dordt and serving in this capacity,” says Schuttinga, who attended Dordt College as a student and will be returning to serve on the five member President’s cabinet responsible for administration of the college.

The Vice President for Student Services is in charge of promoting services for students and for supervising student conduct, housing, publications, activities, health programs, government, security staff, campus ministries, and student services department employees.

“The area of student services is crucial in the overall learning experience of students,” said Schuttinga. “As the incoming Vice President of Student Services, I’m pleased with the many initiatives that are currently underway and contributing to student success.” Schuttinga is excited about the team of individuals she will work with in carrying out these initiatives and in planning for the future.

Schuttinga earned a B. A. in psychology from Dordt College in 1997, then earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.

For the past ten years Ms. Schuttinga has served in positions at Iowa State University, with progressive responsibilities in student affairs administration. As Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs since 2003, her primary responsibilities have included providing leadership for the University’s centralized judicial system and serving as the chief judicial administrator for adjudicating cases of academic and non-academic student discipline for graduate and undergraduate students.

As Assistant Dean at ISU, Schuttinga has also been responsible for ensuring students’ right to due process when adjudicating student discipline cases of academic dishonesty, plagiarism, fraud in research, and complex, violent and/or serious behavioral violations. She has provided direct oversight to student judicial boards and has served as advisor to the thirty-member All-University Judicial Committee. In addition, she has fulfilled the role of the University’s chief judicial consultant for faculty, professional staff, students, community members, Greek system, and the Department of Residence.
Schuttinga has also facilitated faculty workshops and seminars on University policy and best practice related to curriculum development pertaining to academic integrity.

As a course instructor in ISU’s psychology department, she has had the opportunity to work directly with students in the classroom. In addition, she has worked closely with faculty in addressing problematic student behavior in the classroom and has provided direction for managing classroom disruption.

“I sincerely believe in the vision of Dordt College and I am looking forward to seeing how God will use my skill set and past experiences in furthering the work of his kingdom in the setting of Dordt College,” says Schuttinga.

Schuttinga’s husband, Andy, is also a Dordt College psychology graduate who earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Minnesota State University. He has worked as a family therapist at Youth and Shelter Services in Ames; as an academic advisor at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering; and taught leadership and orientation courses on an adjunct basis. Mr. Schuttinga is now a full time care provider for the couple’s sons, William (age 2-1/2) and Anderson (6 months). The family plans to move to Sioux Center this summer, with Dordt’s fall semester beginning August 29.

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