meet the president

Dr. Bethany
J. Schuttinga


Dr. Bethany J. Schuttinga is entering her second 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 as a leader, fundraiser, community organizer, volunteer and consultant. 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 during her six years 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 for nearly nine years 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 spent two years in SE Asia as a senior advisor for the Yayasan Pelita Harapan educational foundation and Universitas Pelita Harapan where 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.

Moving back to the Midwest is somewhat of a homecoming for Dr. Schuttinga and her family. The couple met in Iowa while they were both in college. Mr. Andy Schuttinga 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. The Schuttingas have a giant fuzzy dog named ‘Bear’ and 2 children: Will and Anderson will enter Avail’s sixth and eighth 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.