Members of the Central Baptist College President’s Leadership Council, a leadership training program for junior and senior students, recently took trip to Little Rock where they went on several tours, heard from special guest speakers and attended a luncheon at the governor’s mansion.

The council is led by CBC President Terry Kimbrow and CBC Vice President for Advancement Sancy Faulk.

"PLC was created in order to enhance existing leadership skills in those students already in leadership positions and to develop leadership skills in those students that have future leadership potential," Faulk said. "These students also serve as official representatives and ambassadors of the college at special events."

During the trip, students took a tour of the Arkansas State Capitol and then met at the governor’s mansion for an etiquette luncheon where they got to meet with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his wife, Susan.

"For the students, meeting the [governor] and [first lady] was likely a once in a lifetime opportunity," Faulk said. "To meet them in their home, the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, was very special."

CBC Chef and Director of Dining Services Jill McCollum was in attendance and led the group through the three course meal.

"Her role was to guide the CBC students and staff through the meal, offering instruction about proper etiquette at a [formally] served, coursed meal," Faulk. "[McCollum] has been involved in this annual PLC event since the very beginning."

The past two years, the event has been hosted at CBC, she said.

To conclude the trip, the group visited the Clinton Presidential Library and had a meeting with James Rutherford III, the dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the first school in the nation to offer a master of public service degree.

Faulk said she was proud of the way the students represented themselves, CBC and the program, not only during the event, but throughout their time on PLC.

"I very much enjoy working with this group of students each year and watching the transformation that takes place as they progress and develop their leadership skills," she said.

The program as a whole, Faulk said, brings value to the students.

"[They] are able to participate in this no-cost program and through it, develop leadership skills and build relationships that will benefit them ever after they leave CBC," she said.

PLC was created in 2009 by Kimbrow and Faulk.

According to a news release, the leadership program introduced students to leadership principles through books and guest lectures as well as hands-on experience.

The program, the release stated, includes a professional development element like requiring professional attire, practicing communication skills and training in etiquette practices.