CBC Announces New Residence Hall
Students at Central Baptist College will soon have a new home away from home. CBC President Terry Kimbrow announced on Thursday a $6 million commitment from Max and Debbie Story of Magnolia for the construction of a new residence hall. Preliminary plans for the new, three-story, 150-bed residence hall are in the works. According to President Kimbrow, “My leadership team is working with Rik Sowell and Liz Hamilton of Rik Sowell Architects, in addition to other key players, to decide on an exact location for the new building. We know it will be somewhere south of the existing campus.” The College has acquired a significant number of houses and lots south of the campus for future expansion.
“We are also looking at various models for room arrangement,” said Kimbrow. “Trends in student housing are ever-changing, and we want to be as efficient as possible while still meeting the needs of our student population.”
The new residence hall is the third major project of 10 to be funded by a capital fundraising campaign entitled “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making.” Kimbrow explained, “Vision 2020 is a plan to complete 10 major projects in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students.” The campaign was publically launched in January of 2011 and has exceeded $16 million in contributions. A campus facilities master plan, developed by Rik Sowell Architects, is guiding the future growth of the campus.
The initial phase of the campaign includes three projects. The first was the construction of the 38,000 square foot David T. Watkins Academic Building, occupied in August of last year. The second project, a 17,000 square foot Library, is currently under construction with an expected completion date of December 1 of this year. Both were constructed by Clark Contractors of Little Rock.
The new residence hall completes the first phase of Vision 2020. What’s next? According to Kimbrow, “The second phase will target Mustang athletics. Though I cannot be more specific at this time, what I can say with certainty is that with 10 intercollegiate sports teams, we definitely need to upgrade our facilities.” CBC is an NAIA school and participates in the MCAC Conference.
Kimbrow also announced the naming of the new library as the “Story Library” to commemorate the continued support of Mr. and Mrs. Story. “What a fitting tribute to two of the most charitable people I have ever met,” Kimbrow commented. The Storys were also major funders of the first two projects in phase one of the 10-year plan.
Central Baptist College is a four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of over 800. For more information on CBC or “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making,” go to cbc.edu.