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January 30, 2013

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Newly elected officers of the BCF Board of Trustees: Secretary Don McLaughlin, Chair Wayne Briant, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, and Vice Chairman Kenric Conway.

The Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) met in Graceville on January 24-25, 2013. "One of the top items for the meeting was the celebration of our Platinum Jubilee," stated BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, reflecting on the two days filled with activities. "For seventy 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, Fla., 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.

BCF 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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BCF students wasted no time in taking full advantage of the cardio and weight equipment available in the new Wellness Center.

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BCF Trustees, Administration, Faculty and Staff celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in the new Wellness Center