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June 10, 2014

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Officers of the BCF Board of Trustees: Secretary Don McLaughlin, Chairman Kenric Conway, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, and Board Vice Chairman Robert Carlton.

When the Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville met on May 29-30, 2014, they had a full schedule of business to conduct. The Annual Meeting of the Board which is held each May is the time trustees approve the operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year and receive reports on the progress made on campus projects. The financial crisis which has gripped the nation for the last seven years has taken a toll on every facet of our economy; however, Trustees approved a budget with a 0.7% decrease and a plan to keep tuition rates at their current levels for the fall 2014-2015 academic year.

According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, "While I never like to see a decrease in our Operating Budget, I am delighted that it is no greater than the 0.7%. When resources are limited, we have the options of whining and moaning or thanking God for what we have and doing our job. At BCF we choose the latter option. We have had the privilege of educating and training some of our Lord's choice servants for the last seventy-one years, and I am sure that He has enough resources for us to continue the work." Kinchen also responded to the plan to keep tuition rates at their current levels stating, "This is the first time that we have been able to do so in many years. We do this not because we are flush with cash but because we are taking every possible action to relieve students of financial burdens. BCF has one of the lowest costs of any Baptist College in America, and we want to make sure that our students get the greatest value available in Christian higher education."

With deep gratitude and praise, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees reported on the annual evaluation of the President's performance in office by stating that Kinchen "received the very highest rating possible." Remarks were echoed during the meeting of the strong visionary leadership and unprecedented strength of character provided by Kinchen.

Trustees received a 20/20 Vision update containing news of the progress in the demolition of older student housing units, construction of a new Plant Operations center, renovation of some existing student housing, and the beginning of construction of the Deese Center, a state-of-the-art dining facility. The 20/20 Vision program is one year into its seven year projected life and is already ahead of schedule.

Trustees recognized and honored Senior Vice President R.C. Hammack on the occasion of his retirement after thirty-six years of service at the college, and received a new Organizational Chart. "The new chart represents a streamlining of the organization and operation of the institution and should position it in the optimal position for growth in the future," stated Kinchen. "We have a great faculty, staff and administrative group at BCF."