On Friday, September 14, 2012, Central Baptist College hosted an open house and dedication for its new David T. Watkins Academic Building. The 38,000 square foot David T. Watkins Academic Building is the first project of ten major construction projects in Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making â€“ a plan to complete ten major projects in the next ten years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students. David T. Watkins faithfully served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Magnolia, Arkansas for twenty-three years. The naming of the building came as a result of a lead contribution to the Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making campaign made by Max and Debbie Story, longtime members of First Baptist and close friends of Bro. Watkins. The new building features thirteen state-of-the-art classrooms, three conference rooms and new administrative offices. The facility is also the new home of the Bible, Missions, PACE and Online Studies departments at CBC. Upon arrival into the Central Baptist College David T. Watkins Academic Building, you will be quick to notice the world map mural created by artist Dennis Rankin. The map dominates the entrance into the Office of the President doorway and entrance into the Board Room. The World Map Mural is nine feet tall and thirteen feet wide and is 100% wood and features each country carefully carved out of a separate piece of timber. Located on the second floor is the Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall. This 100+ seat lecture hall features presentation screens, a Crestron lectern, and a lecture capture system to allow the recording of lectures and programs in the hall. The Brittany Parrish Memorial Garden is a beautiful garden located on the east side of the building. The garden features a seating area for guests with a beautiful display of daylilies, azaleas, knock out roses, gardenias, and more. Guests were treated to a barbeque lunch with all the trimmings prepared by the CBC Dining Services and the program included remarks by CBC President Terry Kimbrow, Building Honoree Bro. David T. Watkins, and a prayer of dedication by Donny Parrish.
Published on Aug 12, 2013