Cindy Mallard has served Bethel University’s College of Arts and Sciences as a faculty member for 17 years, six of those years as Academic Dean, where she is committed to promoting a healthy learning environment and to supporting the mission of the University.  Her first connection with Bethel was as a student where she earned her B.A. in English and was the winner of the Naomi Blanks English Award.  She earned her M.A. from the University of Memphis before returning to teach English at Bethel.  Her campus and classroom efforts were acknowledged by her peers in 2005 when she was honored as the recipient of The Roy and Mary Shelton Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award. Dean Mallard supports students by attending athletic, music, theater and arts events. She has also served ice cream, flipped pancakes, and doled out salsa at President Butler’s student-centered social nights and study breaks.

In addition to her campus efforts, Dean Mallard serves on the TN Articulation and Transfer Council which is a state-wide committee made up of representatives from TBR, UT and TICUA. She has a long history of accepting leadership positions with community and faith-based organizations. In the mid 1980’s, she served as ombudsman on the Navy base in Millington, TN. In the early 1990’s, she held the office of president of the Milan Junior Auxiliary. From 2004-2005, she dedicated her efforts to troops and their families as president of the Family Readiness Group of the Milan Army National Guard, which included their time of deployment to Iraq. She volunteers at the United Way Milan Mustard Seed and is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Milan.

Dean Mallard lives in Milan with her Chocolate Labrador, Murphy Brown.  She has two sons: Christopher Fuchs who lives in McLean, VA with his wife, Amy, and their two children and Nathan Fuchs who lives in Milan, TN.

A Message from the Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to Bethel University—Where Heritage Meets Innovation!

Bethel University is one of the fastest growing private schools in Tennessee. Founded by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1842, Bethel University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Bethel University’s College of Arts and Sciences offers over 30 majors and minors. Faculty members at Bethel are committed to teaching excellence in a liberal arts curriculum. Many of our professors are distinguished in their fields and participate in professional development on a regular basis, ensuring that our students receive the quality of education for which Bethel is known.  

The mission of Bethel University is "to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons—intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically—in a Christian environment." 

Come visit Bethel University’s campus in McKenzie, Tennessee and learn more about our mission and commitment to higher education. I am confident that you will find the staff and faculty eager to assist you in achieving your academic and career goals.

Cindy Mallard, Vice President and Academic Dean, College of Arts and Sciences