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Two members of the Board of Trustees

continue service with honorary status


Two long-time members and former chairs of the Board of Trustees are returning to serve Manchester College as honorary members.

The board has granted honorary status to J. Bentley Peters of Elgin, Ill., and William N. Harper of Scottsdale, Ariz. (formerly of Cassopolis, Mich.) Both will serve in an ongoing advisory role, and are invited to participate in board meetings and discussions in a non-voting capacity.

“Honorary trustees are a wonderful resource for the Board because they bring the wisdom of experience to discussions and issues,” said President Jo Young Switzer. “By their service, they made the College stronger, and will continue to strengthen the College.”

Peters, a 1962 religion and philosophy graduate of the College, has served both as a trustee-at-large and as the Illinois/Wisconsin District representative for the Church of the Brethren. (Manchester is a college of the denomination.) A retired senior vice president of Mutual Aid Exchange, Peters owns a consulting company.

Harper, a 1966 economics and business administration graduate, chaired a $70 million fund drive for the College that concluded a year early and more than $20 million over goal. He is retired as a chief finance officer for National Steel Corp. and as a vice president and controller for Clark Equipment Co.

Manchester, a liberal arts college in northern Indiana, offers more than 55 areas of study to 1,056 students from 27 states and 26 countries. For more about the College, visit



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