WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Williams Baptist College will operate on a $13.4 million budget next year, following action Friday by the college’s Board of Trustees. The board also voted to advance the rank of two faculty members and gave its stamp of approval to the 2017 graduating class.
Trustees, meeting in regular session on the Williams campus, gave their approval to WBC’s budget for the 2017-18 school year. The $13.4 million spending plan reflects an increase of $1.3 million over the current year.
“We appreciate the Board of Trustees for approving a budget that continues the longstanding Williams tradition of good stewardship. This budget provides for continued academic excellence for our students, extends our ministry as an institution of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and it also makes a notable economic impact on our community,” said Dr. Tom Jones, president of WBC.
The board approved promotions for two Williams faculty members. Dr. Robert Foster was given tenure and promoted to the rank of professor. Foster, who teaches New Testament and Greek, will also become chair of the Christian ministries department this fall. Dr. Daniel Spillman, who chairs the WBC history department, was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor.
The board also expressed its appreciation for two longtime faculty members who are leaving after this school year. Dr. Steve Corder, computer science professor and chair of the professional studies division, is retiring after 23 years at WBC, and Dr. Ken Gore, professor of religion and chair of the Christian ministries department, is departing after 19 years at Williams to teach at a Texas institution.
And trustees voted to approve this year’s slate of graduates. Some 100 students are set to receive their diplomas at WBC’s 2017 commencement exercises, which are set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, in the Southerland-Mabee Center.
Williams is a liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge.