Raised in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains of Western Pennsylvania, Beth Blissman currently serves as director of Oberlin's Bonner Center for Service & Learning. Blissman has been at Oberlin since 2000, advising and working closely with faculty, students, community partners, and alumni who are interested in connecting academic work with appropriate community-based needs. One of her goals is to create one of the greenest, most ecologically sustainable civic engagement centers possible, and she enjoys opportunities to creatively link appropriate solutions with organizational goals.
Her academic background is interdisciplinary, and includes an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering (Penn State, 1986), a master’s in Theology and Pastoral Ministry (LaSalle University, 1991) and a doctorate in religion &social change (University of Denver / Iliff School of Theology, 2000). She enjoys organic gardening and serving on several local and national nonprofit boards and committees.