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SACS press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE CHALLENGES SACS ACCREDITATION FINDING

Thursday, June 19, 2014
1:00 P.M. (EST)

Office of the VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

MOUNT VERNON, GA– Brewton-Parker College, a Christian college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist
Convention, received the news today that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee
on Colleges (SACS COC) voted to remove the college from membership. The action by the Executive
Committee on Thursday followed a formal interview by the College’s key leaders in San Antonio, Texas
on Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Ergun Caner, who was elected president of Brewton-Parker College in December 2013, relayed the
news to the Board of Trustees by email first, and then shared the news in a called meeting for all staff,
faculty and administration.
“Of course we are disappointed in the decision of the Executive Committee of SACS COC taken today.
Brewton-Parker College has been accredited by SACS for over fifty years (since 1962) and today is
another step in the arduous journey that we have traveled since 2009.”
Caner continued, “The most important points I can relay to you is that immediately after receiving the
phone call, we have taken immediate steps to challenge this ruling and stay the loss of accreditation.
First, we must remain focused and avoid thinking our case is lost. Brewton-Parker College remains
accredited but on probation today. Second, Brewton-Parker College has 10 days to file an appeal with
SACS at their headquarters. And, since we believe that we have surpassed all the recommendations
given by SACS in the June 2013 meeting, and since the four recommendations were financial in nature,
our right to an appeal in August of this year will be exercised after we receive the official notification
from SACS. We remain confident this most recent ruling will be reversed then, and all parties shall be
satisfied with the conclusion.”
Dr. Caner along with four others from Brewton-Parker College travelled to San Antonio, Texas earlier
this week to address the SACS committee. Caner indicated that the college representatives with him
successfully demonstrated the necessary trends and controls that SACS demands for an accredited
institution of higher learning. “We are operationally in the black, our present budget is balanced, we
project finishing this fiscal year in the black, and our Board of Trustees approved a balanced budget for
2014-2015.” In addition to debt being down, and giving to Brewton-Parker being up, Caner indicated
“enrollment, both in headcount and full-time equivalency, is up for the third straight year.” Thus, the
President remains confident. “SACS leaders will take all of these changes into account and reconsider
their ruling in our appeal this August.”
Caner told the trustees, faculty, and staff how important it was for Georgia Baptists and the general
public at large to realize that Brewton-Parker College remains accredited albeit on probation during the
entire appeal process. “Furthermore, I want to assure our faculty, staff, alumni and students that we are
pursuing all legal means and will take every legal step available to us to maintain our status. I have asked
our Academic Dean, Dr. Tim Searcy, to file the necessary papers with SACS at the appropriate time. We have also instructed our attorneys to file an appeal in the courts, challenging the finding of the SACS
committee.”
Brewton-Parker College trustees are fully behind the President and their beloved Georgia Baptist
institution started over a century ago. Dr. Caner offered assurance to the faculty and staff concerning
trustee support.
“The Board of Trustees have instructed me to take all necessary steps to protect the institution and our
status as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Because we believe we have a
strong case for reaffirmation, these necessary legal steps protect our standing as an accredited college
until we have a chance to present our case in court. I have promised our Board, faculty, employees and
students, we shall not waver in our pursuit of a favorable ruling, and we anticipate a favorable ruling.”
Brewton-Parker College remains an accredited college albeit on probation and shall remain an
accredited college until all legal options are exhausted. Over the past three years, Brewton-Parker has
grown in every measurable category. Student enrollment is up, including rising number of incoming
freshmen; and giving to Brewton-Parker in 2014 has reached record heights. The President indicated
with a confident smile, “Nationally so many colleges have stagnant growth, and yet we continue to
grow. What’s astonishing is, all of this has taken place while we have been on probation!”
Indicating that Brewton-Parker’s 110-year history remains the foundation for an incredible future, Caner
said, “We shall not only survive. I believe we shall be vindicated.”
Please direct all media questions and interviews to Peter Lumpkins, Vice President of Communications.
The President’s Office will have no further public statements on this subject while the litigation is active.

CONTACT INFO: Peter Lumpkins, Vice President of Communications, Brewton-Parker College (912)
583.2241 peterlumpkins@bpc.edu

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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June 19, 2014 2:14 PM