Aug. 19, 2014 — With a new academic year about to begin, Bryan College faculty and staff gathered today to listen to President Stephen Livesay’s 12th annual State of the College address.
Throughout his message, Dr. Livesay praised the faculty and staff on their dedication to excellence and their tremendous impact on the lives of students and alumni, in addition to the large role they played in helping Bryan end the year solidly in the black financially.
Faculty and staff, he said, helped win Bryan’s place in the recent national rankings by BestColleges.com and Christian Universities Online. The college also expects a successful season in sports, having ranked high in AAC pre-season polls, Dr. Livesay said – no. 1 in volleyball and no. 2 in men’s soccer, with the cross country poll to be released August 26.
The President expressed the college’s gratitude to the IT and operations staff for the several exciting improvements that will greet new and returning students as they arrive on campus in the next week and a half. With 120 new dormitory wireless access points, greater eStudent functionality, a new softball batting cage, and a make-your-own health drink area, students will have more opportunities than ever to live life to the fullest on campus.
“We’re very excited about this year’s freshman class,” Dr. Livesay noted, thanking the admissions, enrollment, and financial aid staff that helped draw in these new students. It is projected that this year’s freshman class will be greater than last year’s. The Class of 2018 boasts an average 3.55 GPA, with 22 states and eight countries represented. Bryan is also welcoming its first-ever National Merit Finalist with a perfect ACT score.
During the address, Director of Gift and Estate Design Steve Keck announced a $350,000 gift from an anonymous alumnus to fund a 5% contribution to faculty and staff retirement accounts. This gift was made in deep appreciation for faculty and staff and their influence on the alum’s life.
Near the close of his message, Bryan’s president encouraged listeners to remember and praise the Lord for His faithfulness over this past year. Dr. Livesay acknowledged that Bryan has weathered a difficult season, and he reminded those gathered that Bryan is in safe hands—the Lord’s.
“God desires to do an incredible work,” he said, “and we’ve been chosen to be a part of that.”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; email@example.com.