meet the president
Dr. Bethany J. Schuttinga is entering her third year at Avail Academy. She brings her passion for children and Christian education, her delight in developing partnerships with the broader community and nearly two decades of experience in leadership, education, development, community outreach, volunteering and consulting.
Having served in executive leadership roles in education for 15 years at both Iowa State University and Dordt University, Dr. Schuttinga has also visited and consulted with a variety of businesses and educational institutions throughout the country and overseas. She holds a PhD from Iowa State University with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a MS from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Counseling and Administration and a BA from Dordt University in Psychology.
After college, Dr. Schuttinga honed her leadership skills as the Director of Judicial Affairs at Iowa State University. While there, she also served as a volunteer faculty advisor for student faith-based ministry groups and provided leadership for the United Way campaign. Next, she served in a variety of positions at Dordt University as an Associate Provost, Interim Provost, Vice President for Student Services and Vice President for Administration helping the university grow their enrollment, campus culture, human resources and university wide strategic planning efforts. She then enjoyed living for two years in SE Asia where she served as a senior advisor for the Yayasan Pelita Harapan educational foundation and Universitas Pelita Harapan. In her role she provided guidance on strategic planning, leadership development, curricular development, finance, accreditation, policy analysis and she led efforts to implement a United States accredited international teacher’s college.
Dr. Schuttinga and her family consider themselves true Minnesotans. Her husband, Andy, serves as a faculty member at North Central University in the Psychology department. He is passionate about service and ministry, particularly in the areas of children, marriage and family. Andy and Bethany enjoy spending time with their giant fuzzy dog named ‘Bear’ and their 2 children. Will and Anderson will enter Avail’s seventh and ninth grades respectively.
The Schuttingas are honored to be part of the work that God is doing in Minnesota, and they are eager to continue learning and serving with the community at Avail Academy.