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MBU Board hears of record-breaking enrollment, approves new trustees and faculty

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Missouri Baptist University’s Board of Trustees received news of record-breaking enrollment on main campus and approved new trustees and faculty at their regularly-scheduled meeting Aug. 25.

MBU began classes this week with the largest freshman class and the most main campus students in the University’s history.

The 2016-2017 full-time freshman class has increased by eight percent and the total of new main campus students has grown by four percent compared to last year’s enrollment. Furthermore, campus housing has reached capacity even with the addition of Spartan Village South, an 80-bed campus housing unit.

Overall, MBU’s main campus enrollment has also increased by four percent from last year, making the number of students studying on MBU’s main campus the most in its 51-year history.

The Board approved the faculty of appointments of Dr. Amber Pyatt as associate professor of nursing; Mrs. Tammy Cox as assistant professor of education; Ms. Annette Slack as assistant professor of Business Administration and Healthcare Management; and Dr. Christine Ward as assistant professor of counseling education.

Nine new trustees were elected to the board. They are Ryan Bowman, Mark Cline, Chris Cook, Michael Gregory, Lindell Jones, Brad Kocher, Stephen Phillips, Lee Thurman and Dan West. In addition, Charles Cantrell, Mark Comley, Leonard Jones and Bill Miller re-elected to serve on the Board.

Dr. Bill Miller, pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmington, Mo., was elected to service as the Board Chairman.

In other business, the board approved resolutions of appreciation for the PMK Trust and those who contributed $1000 or more to MBU in the past year.