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BPC President Resigns
Friday, 21 January 2011

January 21--  Brewton-Parker College’s Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Dr. David R. Smith Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting held on the Mount Vernon campus.

ImageBrewton-Parker College Board of Trustees Chairman Rev. Tony Romans of Dunwoody thanks BPC President Dr. David R. Smith and his wife, Jackie, for their 13 years of service to the college following the Board’s acceptance of Smith’s resignation Jan. 20 at the regularly scheduled board meeting. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

            Dr. Smith has served the four-year Christian college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention for the last 13 years, during which time the college has seen significant growth in campus services, SACS reaffirmation and the restoration of the college’s integrity after a financial aid crisis in the late 1990s.

            “It is a legacy for which anyone can be proud,” said Dr. Smith, as he read his letter of resignation to the board with his wife, Jackie, present in the room.

            “There comes a time when the mantle of leadership needs to be passed on. Brewton-Parker College needs and deserves new presidential leadership,” said Dr. Smith. “I have accepted the chairmanship of a master’s degree program in Christian Studies at Dallas Baptist University to begin April 1.”

The Board of Trustees is formulating plans for a presidential search.

Dr. Smith told the faculty and staff during an afternoon assembly immediately following the board meeting.

            “I believe this school has a great future,” said Smith to the assembly. “Thank you for the last 13 years. We will be in prayer with you, watching to see what good, great things God does.”

Dr. Melton, who saw Smith’s hire 13 years ago, encouraged the staff and faculty to remain positive.

“The best thing we can do is go forward, doing our job,” said Dr. Melton. “The world has in fact not ended. None of us enjoy change; it is one of the most difficult things to deal with. We have been through this before, and we made it through then.”

Many in the gathered forum expressed their gratitude to Dr. Smith for his leadership.

Since Smith took office in 1998, the college celebrated its centennial in 2004, completed the Snooks Student Activities Center, the largest structure of its kind in Montgomery County, and raised more than $55 million in capital, general fund and endowment gifts, including the recent $5.7 million Bill Brown estate gift.

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