August 16, 2018 – On Tuesday, Bryan College President Stephen Livesay welcomed faculty and staff back to campus during the State of the College address. The President focused on three key areas during his talk, where we are going, how we are getting there and how we are doing, encouraging faculty and staff along the way.
As the college looks to the future, Livesay acknowledged the significant progress that has already been made in regards to the strategic plan. As 2020 draws near, the need for a specific and targeted goal became clear. In light of the College’s mission of preparing difference makers, a strategic goal of producing 320 graduates by 2020 was set. The President noted specific objectives to reach this goal include increasing the freshman class size, increasing retention rates, increasing the average ACT score of incoming freshman and increasing student life coaching experiences per year.
The President identified people, projects and programs as significant aspects of accomplishing the College’s strategic goals. Livesay recognized the significant achievements of several faculty members in various departments across campus. Five faculty members were celebrated for successfully defending their theses and earning their doctoral degrees since August of 2017. In addition, Dr. Jonathan Newman and Dr. Neal Doran were recognized for their contributions of articles and papers to various academic publications. Five new faculty members were introduced.
The Professional Development Program was highlighted. This program is providing people across campus vital management and professional development training. The program will continue to provide access to new training and development opportunities in the 2018-19 academic year.
Many campus improvement projects were completed over the summer. Projects include repurposing existing campus spaces to improve the student experience. The President also recognized the IT staff, and many of their accomplishments. The new lecture capture system was installed in two test classrooms, providing professors the ability to record their lectures for various purposes.
Many student programs were reviewed, revealing the incredible number of opportunities students have taken advantage of over the last year. Bryan College impacted the world for Christ through more than 20 service projects and internships across the globe.
The many accomplishments of the various athletic teams were celebrated, with eight NAIA Scholar Teams maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. For the spring semester, 44% of student athletes earned a 3.3 GPA or higher including 20 earning a 4.0 GPA.
The Bryan College Institute of Leadership, Business and Marketing, a partnership with East Hamilton Middle High School, was highlighted as a significant achievement for the college. The partnership is one of the many ways the college is furthering its mission.
Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) was recognized for numerous achievements and partnerships established over the last year, positioning AGS to make significant advances in the online and adult education market over the next year.
The President concluded the gathering by reviewing the theme verse of the year for 2018-19.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
The verse is already emblazoned across campus in banners, serving to remind faculty, staff, students and visitors that we are strong in the Lord, that we shall remain immovable and that our work as servants of Christ will be rewarded.