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Bobby Wilkey Retires from Central Baptist College after 39 years of service

April 21, 2021

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After 39 years of service to Central Baptist College, Bobby Wilkey officially retired on August 14, 2020. Due to COVID restrictions in place at the time, a celebration could not be planned. A retirement reception honoring Bobby Wilkey has now been scheduled for Saturday, May 8. 

This come and go reception will take place in the Childers Dining Hall located in the Mabee Student Services Complex on the CBC campus from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Remarks will be made at 5:00pm. Bobby came to Central Baptist College as a student in the fall of 1978. He was a full-time student through the spring semester of 1981 and was officially hired as a full-time employee on August 1, 1981. 

Bobby continued to take classes on a part-time basis through the spring of 1983. Bobby has faithfully served CBC as a Maintenance Assistant in the Physical Plant Department since he first began working for the institution in 1981. Whenever I am at an event with CBC Alumni, I am most often asked if Bobby still works at CBC. Alums grew to love Bobby during their time at the College and always want to know how Bobby is doing. That is a testament to how much Bobby loves the College and loves the people that have come to CBC over his time here,said President Terry Kimbrow. Bobby has been one of the hardest working employees we have ever had. He gave 100% of himself to this place for almost four decades. We are honored to be able to celebrate Bobby and all he has meant to CBC. I know he loves CBC, and I know that CBC loves Bobby Wilkey. 

During his career at Central Baptist College, Bobby Wilkey was named Alumnus of the Year by the CBC Alumni Association in 1998. He was named Central Baptist College Employee of the Year twice, first in 2002 and then again in 2005. He received the FRED Award from President Terry Kimbrow in 2020. The FRED Award is based on guiding principles found in the book, The FRED Factor, and is presented to the individual who embodies the four principles found in The Fred Factor which are making a difference each day, having a heart for people, changing ordinary moments into memorable ones and leading by example. He has also been a loyal donor to CBC, giving back to the institution sacrificially for decades. 

Originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Bobby Wilkey has made Conway his home since he came to Central Baptist College as a student in 1978. Since before, and now after, his retirement from the College, he has been very active with the CBC Mustangs. He runs the clock and scoreboard for the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs basketball teams, the Lady Mustangs volleyball team, and the scoreboard for the Mustangs baseball team. Bobby is also an active member of Antioch Baptist Church. 

If you will be able to attend the retirement reception on May 8, please RSVP to Jessica Faulkner at 501-205-8800 or If you are not able to attend in person, but would like to send your congratulations to Bobby, you can email a message to Jessica using the contact information provided, or you can mail a card to Central Baptist College, Attn: Jessica Faulkner, 1501 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034. 

A memory book will be compiled for Bobby with all of the messages received. Photos of you and your family, or photos you have with Bobby, can be included as well.    

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