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NASHVILLE, TN—The Free Will Baptist Bible College Board of Trustees authorized the administration to conduct a feasibility study that could result in a name change for the 68-year-old institution by 2012, according to President Matt Pinson.
“This is an important study for the college,” Pinson said. “We are moving steadily toward relocation to a new campus on a choice 66-acre site in nearby Gallatin. Denominational constituents as well as the educational community understand that FWBBC has expanded its academic offerings dramatically from the early years. While we will always maintain our focus on ministry and missionary preparation, the college now offers more than 40 fields of study, a dream that was not possible in 1942. Our strategic plan calls for further expansion and the addition of graduate programs in fields such as theology and education. This feasibility study will help us determine if it’s time to consider a name change that reflects the broader curriculum.”
If the study indicates the feasibility of an institutional name change, results will be presented to delegates at the 2011 Free Will Baptist national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with a recommended name change and a motion to lay the proposal on the table for one year. Delegates to the 2012 national convention in Memphis, Tennessee, would then be asked to approve the change.