GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Members of the board of trustees of The Baptist College of Florida meeting in Graceville Jan. 24-25 celebrated its Platinum Jubilee in part by dedicating a new wellness center and welcoming new members to the board.
BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, reflecting on two days filled with activities said he is thankful that “for 70 years our Lord has showered His blessings on this great school, and we wanted to take the opportunity to give Him all honor and praise.”
Established in Lakeland in 1943, The Baptist College of Florida has operated in Graceville since 1953. The college became part of the Florida Baptist Convention’s mission effort in 1957. In addition to the Graceville home campus, BCF has locations in Pensacola, Panama City, Orlando, Central Florida, and Jacksonville. Internationally, the school has programs in Brazil and Burkina Faso in West Africa.
According to Kinchen, one major highlight of the trustee meeting and celebration was the dedication of a new Wellness Center on campus. The state-of-the-art center has an indoor handball/racquetball court, cardio and weight rooms, exercise rooms, an indoor walking track, locker rooms, and courts for multiple intramural and intercollegiate athletic events. The Wellness Center came as the result of a generous donation from a trustee who has strongly supported the college.
At the meeting, trustees received reports from several key areas of college life. The audit report showed an “unqualified” opinion which is the highest report available for an institution. Once again the college completed the fiscal year operating completely “in the black.” Kinchen noted that this is due to God’s blessings and the great stewardship of faculty and staff. In the area of academic curriculum, trustees were informed of recent additions to the curriculum, as well as plans for future additions.
President Kinchen shared plans to bring to the annual meeting in May a new long range plan entitled “20/20 Vision.”
New trustees welcomed by the Board included: Dennis Brown, Niceville; Chris Coram, Jacksonville; Bill Flannigan, Pensacola; Dianne Lovett, Mt. Dora; Tim Maynard, Jacksonville; Christie Ross, Crestview, and Charles Warren, Starke. Newly elected officers of the board include chairman, Wayne Briant, Sarasota; Vice Chairman, Kenric Conway, Panama City; and Secretary, Don McLaughlin, Tallahassee.
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