Philip Jerome resigned as the Director of Campus Safety Dec. 5. The news was circulated via email to faculty and staff Dec. 1. “I wanted to inform the entire Bethel community that Phil Jerome our director of Campus Safety has resigned effective Monday Dec. 5,” wrote Chief Financial Officer Clair Knapp. “In Phil’s short tenure here he brought organization and structure to Campus Safety helping to make the campus community a much safer place.” Knapp mentioned Jerome would be missed and the search for a new director of Campus Safety would begin immediately. “Captain Paul Neel and Tammie Collins are in charge of it and kind of above them and helping them is Director of the Physical Plant Steve Yaw,” said Knapp. Yaw was in charge of Campus Safety before Jerome assumed the position and has the experience to keep Campus Safety running smoothing until an appropriate replacement is found said Knapp. Knapp also mentioned Jerome has moved on and will not be involved in helping the next director transition into his former position. Jerome stepped down as Director of Campus Safety to pursue ministry opportunities. “He wants to get back into the ministry and so he is pursuing starting another church,” said Knapp. Captain Neel said they knew Jerome’s resignation was coming, but he wasn’t really sure when. According to Knapp, Jerome had been pursuing opportunities for sometime and the time was right for him to go and seek out those opportunities. “His resignation was timely in that regard,” mentioned Knapp. Although the hiring process involves lots of people, as Bethel’s CFO Knapp said, he will ultimately make the decision regarding who will be the next Director of Campus Safety. “We are going to take our time and do our due diligence to find the right fit for Bethel,” said Knapp.