At the beginning of 2011, Central Baptist College formally announced an ambitious goal: Complete 10 major projects in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students.
“Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making” is on track — and in some ways is ahead of schedule — with the recent groundbreaking of a new residence hall.
“I’ve been really pleased with the progress,” CBC President Terry Kimbrow said of Vision 2020. “We’ve been very blessed.”
The residence hall is the last project in Phase One of Vision 2020. The other two projects in Phase One were the David T. Watkins Academic Building that was occupied in August of 2012 and the Story Library which opened earlier this month.
The David T. Watkins Academic Building is a 38,000 square foot building which is the home for academic and administrative offices. It features 13 classrooms, three conference rooms, a 100-seat lecture hall and offices.
The Story Library is 16,000 square feet and has an archive room, study areas and the new Cafe 52 coffeehouse.
The new residence hall will provide room for 150 students and is scheduled to be completed right before the fall semester begins in August.
“We are on track. It is 10 projects in 10 years for 2,020 students, so it’s an aggressive goal for enrollment which runs at about 830 as of last fall,” Kimbrow said. “But the way we have been growing, it’s doable.”
In September, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase the campaign goal for Phase One from $12 million to $21 million, none of which comes from tuition.
“It’s all private donations,” Kimbrow said. “Our goal started at $5 million and we increased it to $12 million and now to $21 million as we exceeded our first two goals.”
Two major factors contributing to this increase were the decision to build a new library instead of renovating the existing building and the donation of $6 million that gave the college the ability to build a full residence hall instead of just one wing, which was the original plan.
“We’ve packed a lot more into Phase One than we originally intended, which is a good thing,” said CBC Vice President for Advancement Sancy Faulk.
Phase Two will begin with improving athletic facilities, but the college is not ready to release specific details.
Faulk said the Conway community has been supportive of the campaign. According to how the college has tracked gifts, the people and businesses of Conway have given close to $1 million toward the campaign.
“That shows you the community is supportive not only of CBC but of education as well,” she said.
The community is invited to the dedication of the Story Library Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. The library is the location of the new coffeehouse Cafe 52, which will be open to the public throughout the year.
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