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Blackwood Hired as WBC Director of Campus Safety

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has hired Joseph “Bubba” Blackwood as its new director of police and campus safety. Blackwood, who is a Northeast Arkansas native, has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as the captain of the narcotics division with the Walnut Ridge Police Department. “My interest in law enforcement came at very early age around five or six. I always said it’s what I would do when I grew up, and it’s … …more

Williams Readies for New School Year

Williams Baptist College

The Williams Baptist College campus is coming to life after fall athletic teams and student staff made their return to campus late last week. Other student leaders will continue to move back to WBC in preparation for the new semester, which officially begins with the first day of class Tuesday, August. 22. Freshmen will move into residence halls this Friday and begin their orientation program, known as Ascend 2017. Athletes in women’s volleyball, men’s and … …more

Guyton Hired as New Director of Church Relations

Central Baptist College

Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow has announced the hiring of Duffy Guyton as the Director of Church Relations. Guyton will also assist Dr. Aaron Brister as the pitching coach for the CBC baseball team. In his capacity as the Director of Church Relations, Guyton will be responsible for building and cultivating passionate and sustainable support for the college through planning and implementing programs which engage local churches in the mission of the college. Guyton … …more

WBC Receives $32,500 from Speakes Estate

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has established a new scholarship fund, following a gift from the estate of the late Mary Frances Speakes of Siloam Springs, Ark. Williams recently received $32,500 from the Speakes estate, to be applied toward scholarships for WBC students. Ms. Speakes died last year at the age of 95. Born and raised in Siloam Springs, she taught music at Siloam Springs Elementary School for 42 years, and she taught piano lessons for 65 … …more

WBC Hosts Welcome Back Concert with a Purpose

Williams Baptist College

The fall semester is fast approaching for Williams Baptist College, and WBC is set to kick off the new school year by hosting a welcome back concert with a purpose.  The concert, slated for Sunday, August 20, will feature We The Union, a collection of worship leaders from Central Arkansas.  The concert will be held in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center beginning at 7:00 p.m., and all ticket sales will go toward sending Williams students on mission … …more

Foster, Perkins Named Department Chairs at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has named Dr. Robert Foster and Dr. Blake Perkins its two newest heads of departments. Foster is now the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries, and Perkins has taken the helm of the Department of History and Government. Foster has been a member of the Williams Christian ministries faculty since 1999.  Originally from Oklahoma, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, and M.Div. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist … …more

JBU Named ‘2017 Great College to Work For

John Brown University

For three consecutive years, John Brown University has been named a “Great College to Work For” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For survey, the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. JBU was among 79 institutions that were nationally recognized for best workplace policies and practices. Listed with honor roll distinction and placed as top 10 within the small enrollment size category, JBU won honors for three … …more

Gibbens Honored for 50 Years of Service at WBC

Williams Baptist College

Professor Jerry Gibbens was recently honored for a very rare milestone: 50 years of service at Williams Baptist College. Gibbens was recognized during WBC’s spring graduation ceremony for completing a half-century at the institution. While Gibbens received a medallion to commemorate his five decades at Williams, WBC President Dr. Tom Jones revealed that the commons area in the college’s Maddox Center is to be named Gibbens Atrium, beginning this fall. Gibbens, professor of English and … …more

WBC Earns First Place Awards at PBL Nationals

Williams Baptist College

The Williams Baptist College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda has continued their tradition of excellence by earning a new set of awards at the National Leadership Conference, including two first place finishes. The annual conference was held June 24-27 in Anaheim, Cal. PBL is the collegiate extension of Future Business Leaders of America. In order to compete at the NLC, students must have top finishes at state competitions, which are held in the spring. “PBL … …more

University signs covenant with Clarksville First Presbyterian Church

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks and First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) of Clarksville have entered into a covenant that will allow the church to hold its weekly services in the University’s Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel. The covenant, which recognizes the long-standing partnership between the two institutions, was signed in June by University President Richard Dunsworth and Dr. Pat Farmer, Clerk of Session for the church and a U of O professor emeritus. Farmer, who taught theatre at Ozarks … …more