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MBU Board hears of continued growth, plans for new housing    

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Missouri Baptist University’s Board of Trustees received encouraging preliminary enrollment news at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 27

Specifically, the number of first-time freshman who attended class the first week of the fall 2015 semester is about 15 percent more compared to last year at the same time.

In addition, more students are living on campus than ever before with a more than 5 percent increase from just last year. All MBU housing has reached full capacity.  The University is planning to break ground on a new 80-bed housing complex, which will open in the fall of 2016, in the coming weeks to accommodate the demand for on-campus housing.  The complex will be part of the third phase of Spartan Village, an innovative on-campus residential community featuring a range of living options that opened in 2011.

The official census for the fall 2015 semester will be released Oct. 15.

The Board also approved the appointment of Shane Williams as associate professor of music and director of bands. Williams most recently worked at Lindenwood University as an associate professor of music and conductor. Williams will be instrumental in recruiting and coordinating the University’s pep band.

In other news, outgoing trustees Mel Bishop, Stephen Phillips and Dan West were recognized for their service to MBU.

In addition, trustees approved a resolution of appreciation recognizing the late Daniel and Gloria Sidoti for the significant contribution the couple has made in the  life of MBU. Members of the President’s Club, which is comprised of donors who have given $1,000 or more to MBU in the last year, were also recognized.