Williams Baptist College receives university status

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Williams Baptist College has received university status.

A news conference was held Wednesday to make the announcement.

WBC is now officially working on transitioning into a university.

The effort has taken more than two years of planning and the decision became a reality on Friday when the board of trustees approved the change, according to WBC President Dr. Tom Jones.

"The board was excited to see Williams making such progress and honored to be a part of this momentous occasion.  We believe the name Williams Baptist University truly captures the great work done by this institution," said Board Chair J.R. Cox in a news release from WBC.

Jones said there are no regulatory or accreditation criteria to meet in order to change the name.

A complete change from WBC to Williams Baptist University is planned for July 1, 2018. The final conversion will be celebrated on a date in August.

This will only be the second time the college has changed names.

It was founded at Southern Baptist College in 1941, then renamed in honor of founder Dr. H.E. Williams 50 years later.

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