Central Baptist College Gets $6M for New Residence Hall

Central Baptist College of Conway on Thursday announced the largest donation to the college in its history: $6 million from Max and Debbie Story of Magnolia for the construction of a new residence hall.

CBC President Terry Kimbrow said the money will go toward a three-story, 150-bed residence hall, designed by Rik Sowell Architects. Kimbrow said the building will be somewhere south of the existing campus, where the college has acquired houses and lots for expansion.

The new residence hall is the third project of 10 to be funded by a capital fundraising campaign called "Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making."

"Vision 2020 is a plan to complete 10 major projects in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students," Kimbrow said. The campaign began in January of 2011 and has exceeded $16 million in contributions.

Kimbrow said the Storys were major funders of the first two projects in phase one of the 10-year plan. The first was the construction of the 38,000-SF David T. Watkins Academic Building. The second project, a 17,000-SF library, is under construction with an expected completion date of Dec. 1 of this year. The library will be named "Story Library" in honor of the Storys.

Both the academic building and the library were built by Clark Contractors of Little Rock.

The new residence hall completes the first phase of Vision 2020. Kimbrow said the second phase of building projects focuses on the college's athletic facilities. CBC is an NAIA school and participates in the MCAC Conference.

Central Baptist College is a four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of more than 800.