Central Baptist College recently honored one of its employees, Judy Gabbard, who reached her 50 years of service this year at the institute.

“When many faculty members were ending their teaching careers after 25 or 30 years of service, Judy Gabbard was just getting started,” Deanna Ott, director of public relations said in a news release. “She has spent 50 years in the classroom and has taught several generations of students, preparing them to become doctors, pharmacists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, nurses, physical therapists, and many other positions in the field of science.

Gary McAllister, vice president for academic affairs at CBC said Gabbard is an exceptional person, full of compassion and concern for others, who exemplifies Christ.

“She teaches with great passion and rigor and really cares about her students,” he said. ‘She is one-of-a-kind.”

In 2009, the Central Baptist College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the science center in honor of Gabbard and in the Fall of 2009, the structure was opened and during homecoming activities in 2010, the Judy Gabbard Science Center was dedicated.

During that time, her family also announced the establishment of the Judy Gabbard Endowed Scholarship.

“In honor of Mrs. Gabbard’s 50 years of service to Central Baptist College we would like to give former students, employees, family, and friends the opportunity to make a contribution to this fund in Mrs. Gabbard’s honor,” the announcement stated.

According to CBC officias, Gabbard is best known at the college in her position as chair of the math and science Department but she began her affiliation with the college first as a student. Gabbard received her A.A. degree from CBC in 1966 and both her bachelors of science and master of science degrees from the University of Central Arkansas.

During her time at CBC as professor of science, Gabbard taught dozens of courses and previously served as the dean of women.

In her tenure as department chair, she watched the math and science department evolve and now boasts six full-time faculty and one staff member, four bachelor degrees, one associate degree and multiple minors.

In her time at CBC, Gabbard touched the lives of thousands of CBC students, the release states.

“Judy Gabbard has been influencing students and coworkers at CBC for 50 years,” Elizabeth Gomez, division chair for natural and social sciences, said. “Several current employees speak fondly of having been in her classes. Through the general education and freshman-level science majors’ courses she teaches, she influences almost every CBC student. Probably no other individual faculty member interacts directly with a larger portion of the student body.”

Gifts in honor of Gabbard can be made by debit or credit card online by going to cbc.edu/give. Under the “Choose a Fund” menu select “other” and in the field below type “Judy Gabbard Endowed Scholarship.”

Those who desire to can also send payments by check made payable to Central Baptist College to 1501 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034 and the school requests that “Judy Gabbard Endowed Scholarship” be put on the memo line.

For questions or additional information, contact Sancy Faulk, vice president for advancement, at sfaulk@cbc.edu or 501.205.8799.