BPC Board of Trustees accepts Pres. Smith resignation
Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees Chairman Rev. Tony Romans of Dunwoody thanks BPC President Dr. David R. Smith and his wife, Jackie, for their 13 years of service to the college following the Board’s acceptance of Smith’s resignation Jan. 20 at the regularly scheduled board meeting. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)
MOUNT VERNON— Brewton-Parker College’s Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Dr. David R. Smith Thursday, Jan. 20 during the regularly scheduled board meeting held on the Mount Vernon campus.
Dr. Smith has served the four-year Christian college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention for the last 13 years, during which time the college has seen significant growth in campus services, SACS reaffirmation and the restoration of the college’s integrity after a financial aid crisis in the late 1990s.
“It is a legacy for which anyone can be proud,” said Dr. Smith, as he read his letter of resignation to the board with his wife, Jackie, present in the room.
“There comes a time when the mantle of leadership needs to be passed on. Brewton-Parker College needs and deserves new presidential leadership,” said Dr. Smith. “I have accepted the chairmanship of a master’s degree program in Christian Studies at Dallas Baptist University to begin April 1.”
The Board of Trustees is formulating plans for a presidential search.
Board Chairman Dr. Tony Romans of Dunwoody expressed his appreciation and blessing for Dr. Smith and his family and encouraged the college community of the Board’s support during this transition.
“The Board offers its appreciation and love for Dr. Smith and Jackie, and we pray God’s best in their future endeavors,” said Dr. Romans. “We ask the faculty, staff, students and community to be in prayer for us as we seek God’s new president for the college. The Board of Trustees as well as the Georgia Baptist Convention is committed to a bright and glorious future for Brewton-Parker College.”
Dr. Smith announced his resignation to the faculty and staff during an afternoon assembly immediately following the board meeting.
“I believe this school has a great future,” said Smith to the assembly. “Thank you for the last 13 years. We will be in prayer with you, watching to see what good, great things God does.”
Provost Dr. Ronald Melton, who saw Smith’s hire 13 years ago, encouraged the staff and faculty to remain positive.
“The best thing we can do is go forward, doing our job,” said Dr. Melton. “The world has in fact not ended. None of us enjoy change; it is one of the most difficult things to deal with. We have been through this before, and we made it through then.”
Many in the gathered forum expressed their gratitude to Dr. Smith for his leadership.
Since Smith took office in 1998, the college celebrated its centennial in 2004, completed the Snooks Student Activities Center, the largest structure of its kind in Montgomery County, and raised more than $55 million in capital, general fund and endowment gifts, including the recent $5.7 million Bill Brown estate gift.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia.