BPC welcomes Community to a new Dining Experience during Grand Opening of The Eatery

Kevin Lyden, Chartwells East Division President shares his thoughts on the importance of partnership and recognizes the local team for their hard work and dedication to serving the local community.


By Jerusha Yoder

Director of Marketing

MOUNT VERNON— On Thursday, January, 16, 2020, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) and Chartwells Higher Education, BPC’s food service provider, welcomed over 75 community members on campus for the grand opening of the new expansion and renovations recently completed in the campus dining facility.

This special event opened with a brief welcome from Dr. Steve Echols, BPC President, where he expressed gratitude for the support from both Chartwells and the local area. Afterwards, Kevin Lyden, Chartwells East Division President shared a few thoughts on the importance of partnership and recognized the local team for their hard work and dedication to serving the local community. Dr. Echols then invited guests to join him in blessing the meal before commencing with the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy a special lunch in the new dining facility.

The renovation features a new annex with floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook Jones Lake, offering a 180-degree view. With a 1,800 square foot deck on the second floor, the expansion provides BPC and local community members a beautiful dining experience that complements the meals offered each day.

Aptly named The Eatery, the new facility offers a unique addition to the dining options in the local area. Open each day, community members can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet that comes complete with a focus on health, wellness, and sustainability. Community members can also enjoy a cup of coffee from Burger 912, the upstairs grill, as they lounge on the patio and enjoy BPC’s beautiful lakeside view.

Chartwells partnership with BPC reflects the spirit in local leadership where individuals are stepping up each and every day to show their support for the college. During the event, Lyden even commended the community members in attendance for their support.


“Chartwells serves on college campuses all over the country,” he stated.  “I’ve been a part of it for just slightly over 40 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event where there have been this many different people from the community represented. We are happy to be here and thankful for the opportunity to serve your community.”



Dr. Echols, BPC President, also observed, “‘The new addition is just one of many campus improvements with which God has blessed Brewton-Parker College in recent years. We are grateful for the partnership with our food vendor Chartwells that helped make this project possible. BPC also wishes to thank Carroll Williams and the Harry Moses Construction for their high quality and timely work in the construction process. This new student center greatly increases our capacity to serve our growing student body, our summer camps, and the public at large. We want to thank the community for the great turnout at the dedication and hope that they will come often and enjoy quality food at a great price along with the relaxing and beautiful view of the lake area.”

For more information regarding dining options, visit Chartwells online at dineoncampus.com/brewtonparker or @baronsdining on Instagram.

Dr. Echols expresses gratitude for local support.
Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army. Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA. As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work. Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.
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