Central Baptist College announced Monday that the school has accepted a challenge grant in the amount of $750,000 from the Mabee Foundation.

President Terry Kimbrow told attendees of a press conference held on campus that $1.8 million in 12 months was the target for the grant’s success.

The grant will be used to help fund the construction of a 38,000-square-foot academic building and to renovate and expand the existing library building.

The two projects are in the first phase of the school’s "Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making," in which it is hoped that 10 major projects will be completed in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students.

Kimbrow said more than $6 million has been raised toward the first phase of the vision, which consists of the two projects and the construction of a new residence hall.

The school has sought funding in the past from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., and Monday’s conference was held in the CBC student center that bears the foundation’s name.

The Mabee Student Services was funded in part by the Mabee Foundation through a $250,000 grant in 1996.

In February, details of the school’s Vision 2020 were outlined at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the first academic building to be added to the campus.

It was announced at that event that an anonymous couple contributed $5 million to the first phase, the $12 million campaign. 

"It is our task to raise the remaining balance. That’s why they call it a challenge. This new building will house our Department of Online Studies," Kimbrow said, linking Monday’s announcements.


imbrow said construction would officially begin on the 38,000-square-foot academic building by the end of this summer. 

The building will house administration offices on its first floor, and academic and classroom space on its second and third.

Moving the administration offices and added renovations should more than double the floor space of the college’s library. 

In remaining projects to span 10 years, of which no price tag has been assigned according to Kimbrow, are the remodeling and expansion of the school’s athletic facilities, the construction of student housing buildings, upgrades to existing student buildings, additions and remodels to the student center, the construction of academic buildings, the remodeling of the Cooper Complex, and landscape and campus walking and parking redesign. 

In all construction, the school has agreed with its architectural firm, Rik Sowell Architects, Inc., to keep with the neighborhood at College Avenue and Conway Boulevard’s design.

Central Baptist College has a step-by-step "Master Plan" with artistic renderings of each phase available at www.cbc.edu/vision2020.

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