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October 12, 2012

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen recognized all six of the board members rotating off the board (pictured here with Luther Beauchamp from Chiefland).

The Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) met in Graceville on October 4-5, 2012, for their pre-convention meeting. This meeting marked the beginning of a year-long celebration of the college's 70th academic session. Trustees joined faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests in a special chapel service, concert, and a "dinner on the grounds" on the Graceville campus. During the time of celebration, those attending were reminded of the central purpose of BCF as they received reports of missions, evangelism, and prayer activities involving students, faculty, staff and alumni on the campus and around the world.

During the meetings, trustees received reports on the growing academic offerings of the college. The school has received authorization to begin offering classes leading to the Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Missions with a Missions Aviation Concentration. According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, "These two degree programs represent the culmination of several years of hard work in prayer and planning. They will make significant contributions to the college's trademark work of "Changing the World through the Unchanging Word.®" Our long standing practice of offering the highest quality in undergraduate Christian education is now being supplemented by our graduate programs."

Trustees approved several agreements with the Florida Baptist Convention, Inc. The college serves as the host for the Florida Baptist Historical Society Office and as the location for the Florida Baptist Historical Collection. After hearing reports on the progress of this work and receiving a recommendation from the president, trustees approved a five year extension of the agreements with the convention. In another matter dealing with provision of office space, the Board of Trustees approved the convention's request that the college host the West Florida Region Office of the convention. This action came as a part of the recent action by the State Board of Missions in which they approved setting up five regions across the state.

During the meeting the trustees received reports concerning the financial health of the college. The school has just closed the books on its fiscal year and once again the college operated "in the black" and received an unqualified opinion on its latest audit. According to Kinchen, "The faculty and staff of the college are the best stewards of God's resources that I have ever seen. We continue to operate with a low rate of tuition and fees, carry no debt, pay as we go on buildings and programs, and remain a top quality institution. That can be explained only by the blessings of our Lord and the faithful service of the BCF family."

Six board members were recognized for their service as they attended their last meeting. These included: Luther Beauchamp -- Chiefland, Tracy Clemmons -- Marianna, Doug Nellums -- Pensacola, Larry Taylor -- Leesburg, Richard Reichert -- Lake City, and Gary Johnson -- Miami.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for January 24-25, 2013, in Graceville.