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Trustees Excited About the Present, Energized For the Future
BPC Trustees Excited About
the Present, Energized For the Future
BPC Director of Marketing
As Brewton-Parker College prepares to send
its next class of graduating seniors into the working world, the college
remains anchored in its ultimate mission
to provide Christian higher education to South Georgia and looks eagerly to
the future, as evidenced by the general meeting of the Board of Trustees held
this past Thursday on Brewton-Parker’s main campus.
Trustee Kenneth Dowling set the foundation
for the meeting by reflecting on a real-life experience while in the United
States Navy as he based his opening
devotion on “The Cross Connection;” why Jesus Christ should be
the anchor in all aspects of life.
While hearing many optimistic reports from various sub-committees, the board
passed numerous resolutions which focus on strengthening the overall mission
of the college.
The Board passed a resolution that work continue on the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Professional Standards Commission
(PSC) accreditation projects of which the Division of Education has met all
pre-existing requirements to obtain these accreditations and is preparing for
official visits from NCATE and PSC in the fall of this year.
A resolution was proposed that would combine two capital renovation projects
into one fundraising campaign. This would make it possible for various foundations
to consider funding the overall campaign. The Board approved the $2.5 million
combined project which includes the $1 million Hildegard Stanley Music Center
annex to the Miller Music Building and a $1.5 million renovation to McAllister
A Child Protection Policy was adopted into
the college’s policy and
procedure manual declaring a Zero-Tolerance Policy for physical and sexual
abuse of students under the age of 18 who use campus facilities for various
A resolution regarding articulation agreements was proposed and approved by
the Board. This will allow Brewton-Parker to continue its practice of entering
into agreements with other accredited two- and four-year colleges with the
ultimate goal being the ability of students to transfer qualified credit hours
to Brewton-Parker to continue work in or to complete a qualified degree program.
The Board also approved a revision to its Travel and Pay Policy for Adjunct
Faculty in the External Programs Division.
With regards to the recent announcement
of the partnership between Brewton-Parker, the City of Mount Vernon, and
Ms. Lou Palmer O’Neill to create a scenic
west entry into the campus, the Board approved that the entry retain the name “Palmer
Boulevard” or “Palmer Street” as a gesture to the Palmer
family, who has been an important asset not only to Brewton-Parker but also
to the City of Mount Vernon.
Dr. Don Hattaway, Chair of the Board, made committee appointments. Serving
on the Executive Evaluation Committee will be Trustees Allen Hughes, Carmel
Biggers and Nancy Stanley. Those to serve on the Nominating Committee will
be Trustees Rick Brown, Vira Garnto and Jonathan Jones. Serving on the Trustee
Evaluation Committee will be Trustees Melanie Stokes, Fred Gilder and Colon
Vice-Chair Gary Campbell gave an update on the college’s annual fund
campaign. At present, $137,000 has been raised with the goal set at $150,000.
Campbell is very optimistic that the goal can be reached and has hopes it will
In his report to the Trustees, Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker,
informed the Board in greater detail of the planned scenic west entry into
the campus. In addition, there are plans to relocate the headquarters of Plant
Operations which should occur this summer. Dr. Smith also informed the Trustees
of plans to renovate the area around Jones Lake towards the end of this year.
In regards to the fire which destroyed the historic Conner House in March,
of which housing was being rented to faculty and staff as well as to the Missionary
Residence Program, Dr. Smith said plans are being developed to utilize the
Lee House for these same purposes.
Speaker Emeritus of the Georgia House of
Representatives, Mr. Terry Coleman, was introduced to the Trustees by Dr.
Smith as Brewton-Parker’s Special
Assistant to the President for External Services. Mr. Coleman outlined numerous
plans he has for the college and is excited about joining the Brewton-Parker
family in his new role.
Dr. Smith highlighted his recent trip to Russia in which he, along with a
presidential colleague from South Carolina, worked with six of the largest
institutions in the city of Ekaterinburg to formulate articulation agreements
so that exchange programs could eventually be developed. Dr. Smith emphasized
his excitement about the development of these programs, but is even more excited
about the evangelism opportunities that are available through this partnership
with the institutions in Russia.
"With the continued leadership of our outstanding Board of Trustees,
Brewton-Parker College is making definitive progress toward a future of growth
and excellence,” said Dr. Smith. “Today's meeting presented decisive
action on the part of the Board on matters as diverse as the protection of
children who visit our campus to the authorization of a highly important capital
campaign. I am proud to work under the direction of this group of committed
and foresighted leaders."
At the recommendation of one of the sub-committees,
the Board voted not to hold its quarterly meeting on July 20, 2006. This
is due to the fact that no
important issues would need to be brought before the Board. The next quarterly
meeting will be held on Brewton-Parker’s main campus in October 2006.