Associate Professor of Business Administration
Bolivar, MO 65613
Education and professional background: Bethards earned his B.S. in Economics and Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Management and Marketing from Southwest Baptist University; a M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Missouri State University; and a doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Anderson University. Prior to coming to SBU, Bethards has worked as an investment advisor, commodities broker and mutual funds representative. He began teaching at SBU in 2000 and teaches courses in the areas of business finance, investments, financial derivatives, microeconomics, managerial economics, history of finance and economic thought, and strategic management. His primary area of research interest is behavioral finance.
Family: Married to his wife, Monica, who is also an SBU alum and works in pre-sales at Accenture. They have two children, Alyssa and Mason.
Community involvement: Bethards is a member of Wellspring Baptist Fellowship and serves on the church’s administrative committee. He is also a board member for the Polk County chapter of K-Life – a Christian non-profit organization that focuses on drawing middle school and high school students into deeper relationships with God. In addition, Bethards is a business advisory board member for the SBU Enactus team.
Why did you choose to teach at SBU? “Once I knew that I wanted to be in higher education on a full time basis, it was my desire to teach at a quality program where I could integrate Christian faith with the subject matter. Having been a product of SBU myself, I knew this would be a place that would satisfy both of my requests.”
What sets SBU apart from other universities? “There are three things I see which make SBU a truly unique experience. First, the personal interaction faculty have with students. A connection of this level is quite rare in the college and university setting, yet it is one of SBU’s strengths. Second, the programs that are offered in the College of Business and Computer Science are rigorous. As faculty of SBU, we have high expectations for our students. Therefore, the critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills of our students are among the best of any of those graduating with an undergraduate degree. Third, we are intentional about integrating faith in the classroom and subject matter.”
What advice do you have for prospective students? “You really should look for an academic program that will challenge you, yet provide a solid base for you as you look forward in life. You also should consider getting involved in organizations or activities outside of the classroom environment. Doing so can help deliver a well-rounded experience for you during your time in the university setting.”
What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? “My family likes to go to the park – we have a great park, go fishing, play disc golf and occasionally we go to Branson for the weekend.”