Central Baptist College has completed three of ten projects associated with its Vision 2020 plan and the college is moving forward with its next phase.

Vision 2020 is CBC’s 10-year plan to add or renovate 10 facilities on campus to accommodate 2,020 students. The David T. Watkins Academic Building opened in 2012, while Story Library and Dickson Hall opened this year.

CBC has raised more than $16.3 million toward its Phase 1 goal of $21 million.

This Sunday, Sept. 7, is the 2014 campaign to raise additional money for Vision 2020, The church campaign will kick off at about 350-375 churches affiliated with the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas across the state. About $162,000 has been raised toward the $250,000 church campaign goal.

Churches are asked to provide a one-time offering for Vision 2020 to fund the next phase, which is in the early planning stages. This year, churches can sponsor a room in Dickson Hall for $5,000 and have a nameplate placed on the room. Nameplates can feature a church, or be named in honor or memory of someone.

CBC Vice President for Advancement Sancy Faulk said, although a day is set aside, churches have the option to donate during other days throughout the year.

"We are appreciative of the support that we’ve gotten from our churches," she said. "Vision 2020 wouldn’t be possible without the support of BMAA churches."

In addition to the church campaign, Faulk said CBC also receives funding through Conway and board campaigns.

Regarding the next phase of Vision 2020, Faulk said little is known about what will be included in the next five years of the college’s strategic plan.

"Part of this plan will include updating the campus master facilities plan," she said. "We will know more after [meetings next week take] place."

About 20-25 business leaders, college administrators, students and influential community members will address CBC’s strategic plan in private meetings Sept. 9-10.

"The next project will likely be focused on athletics," Faulk said. "There is currently no timeline for this project."

CBC President Terry Kimbrow, expressed his gratitude for the community’s support of CBC in a college newsletter, saying the college has been "blessed abundantly since the launch of the campaign in February of 2011."

"The Phase I goal of $21 million to fully cover Project #1, the David T. Watkins Academic Building; Project #2, the Story Library; and Project #3, Dickson Hall, is well within our sights," Kimbrow said in the CBC newsletter.

According to CBC, 424 donors have made 2,380 gifts toward the Phase I goal, with the support of 68 CBC employees, 59 alumni, 47 churches, 17 board of trustees members, four foundations and hundreds of other individuals.

Vision 2020’s first project – the David T. Watkins Academic Building – opened in 2012 with 36,500 SF of learning and office space.

Story Library, named in honor of Max and Debbie Story of Magnolia, opened on the site of the former CBC administration building early this year.

Dickson Hall, which opened Aug. 16, is CBC’s latest completed project as part of Vision 2020 and the college’s first housing project in 49 years.

The 150-bed residence hall is named in honor of David and Shelley Dickson, who both attended CBC and have done extensive international missions work with the BMAA.

"CBC had not built a new residence hall facility since the 1960s so we were in need of current housing space for our students," she said. "Before Dickson Hall we had Bruce Hall and Williams Hall."

Faulk said the new residence hall offers housing for about 50 additional students, compared to 100 beds previously available at the now-demolished Williams Hall.

She added that Dickson Hall is close to capacity and that the college experienced a double-digit increase in students living on campus this academic year. Bruce Hall provides 100 beds to students, bringing the total bed number to 250.

CBC will hold a dedication and open house for Dickson Hall from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

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