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February 3, 2012

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The BCF Board of Trustees welcomed five new members:
(l-r) Bob Carlton, Tim Williams, Willy Rice, President Thomas A. Kinchen, Howard Gates and Jimmy Deas.

During their Post-Convention Meeting, Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., approved the academic structure of a Bachelor of Arts in Missions with a Concentration in Missions Aviation. According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, "This action represents a strategic step in a long term process. For many years it has been our dream to provide every type of training possible to carry the Gospel to all areas of the earth. This program will provide the finest in theological preparation along with state of the art pilot training. We are not trying to prepare aviators who may or may not be missionaries; we are trying to prepare missionaries who will be able to use aviation as a tool for spreading the Gospel." Board members also approved a plan to amend the corporate structure in order to protect the College from potentially increased liability through the new aviation program. In addition to approving the program design, trustees visited the newly constructed Missions Aviation Flight Center at the Tri-County Airport near the campus in Graceville. The new center consists of two hangars and an office building situated on a four acre site at the airport.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted for a new Wellness Center that will be constructed on the campus adjoining the current Assembly Center. The new Wellness Center will provide additional space for weight training, cardio training, an indoor walking track as well as an additional 500 seats for spectators at intramural and intercollegiate athletic events. Kinchen noted, "We do a fine job of turning out graduates with keen minds and hot hearts for Jesus. With this Wellness Center we will be able to produce those with bodies that will be better fit for the rigors of ministry." The new facility is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

Trustees received a report on accomplishments relating to the Operational Plan for 2010-2011 and approved the Operational Plan for 2012-2013. The Operational Plan serves as the guideline for staff performance evaluation and budget planning. The newly approved plan will be utilized by the staff to prepare the Operating Budget that will be presented to trustees at their Annual Meeting in May 2012.

Trustees received reports on the completion of a new Residence Hall constructed in the Conrad Court Complex on the Eastern side of the campus. They also received an update on a new Master Plan for future campus development that is being prepared.

In further curriculum matters, members of the Board approved the addition of a Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership degree program. According to President Kinchen, "Worship is the absolute essential for God's people. We must have worship leaders who are theologically sound and practically skilled. With this program we will be able to produce those leaders who will provide our churches with the very finest in Christ centered worship and music." This program is scheduled to begin in August 2012.

Trustees received the Audit Report for 2010-2011. The College received an unqualified opinion which is the highest level possible. Kinchen thanked the faculty and staff for their continuing strong stewardship of the funding provided to them.

In addition to committee reports, program additions and an exciting groundbreaking, the Board of Trustees welcomed five new members. They are: Bob Carlton from Green Cove Springs, Jimmy Deas from Live Oak, Howard Gates from Fort Walton Beach, Willy Rice from Clearwater, and Tim Williams from Winter Haven. New officers of the Board for 2012-2013 are: Chairman-Tracy Clemmons from Marianna; Vice Chairman-Wayne Briant from Sarasota, and Secretary-Luther Beauchamp from Chiefland.

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BCF Trustee Chair Tracy Clemmons, Stephen Mills, R. C. Mills, Lois Mills, and President Thomas A. Kinchen ceremonially shovel dirt during the BCF Wellness Center Groundbreaking.