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May 22, 2012

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen (seated) receives a standing ovation by the Board of Trustees for his visionary leadership and service as he begins 23rd year as President of The Baptist College of Florida; BCF Trustee Chair Tracy Clemmons (standing) led the meeting.

The Board of Trustees at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville met for their annual meeting May 17-18. The meeting was highlighted by reports of progress in literally all areas of the life of the college. Board members received information concerning the expansion and ongoing construction of the Wellness Center located on the Graceville campus. The center will consist of exercise rooms, cardio rooms, an indoor handball/racquetball court, an indoor elevated walking track, refurbished flooring, and a new entrance and reception area in the current Assembly Center. Construction is proceeding nicely, and completion is scheduled for the end of the 2012 calendar year.

Board members approved the 2012-2013 Operating Budget for the college in the amount of $7,224,821. Trustees as well as the entire BCF family expressed deep gratitude to the Lord and His people for providing the funds necessary for the continued operation and growth taking place at the college.

The academic program of the school was another area where Trustees took decisive action. The college has provided instruction through an online delivery system since 1999 which included three degree programs. Trustees approved a recommendation to begin offering online delivery of courses and degrees in all areas of the curriculum. According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, "This represents a monumental step in the delivery of a top quality, Christ centered, Bible based education. I am delighted that we have taken this step, and I anticipate beginning to offer this expanded program as soon as we have received approval from our accrediting agencies."

During the annual meeting, Trustees were able to participate in the dedication service for the Missions Aviation Center at the Tri-County Airport near Graceville. The center sits on a four acre site immediately adjacent to the 4,000 foot runway at the airport. Buildings located at the site include the B.R. Chamberlain Flight Center, the Daniels-Hudnall Flight Center, and the home office of the B.R. Chamberlain Foundation. In addition to the land and buildings, the college has received the first aircraft for use in the program. The A36 Beechcraft Bonanza will be used for complex aircraft training and cross country training with an additional aircraft that will be purchased at a later date for instruction. Pending approval by accreditors, the Daniels-Hudnall Center will house the flight program of the college for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions with a Concentration in Missions Aviation.

"This is another example of a God-given dream becoming a God-blessed reality," stated Kinchen during the emotional and moving dedication service. "We have prayed long and worked hard to get to this day. We still have much work and prayer before us, but today we pause to thank our God for His blessings and reaffirm our surrender to do His will in this and all endeavors of this great school."

For more information on programs offered at The Baptist College of Florida contact 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or access the website at baptistcollege.edu.