MBU Trustees approve new academic programs, partnership

Missouri Baptist University's Rotunda

Missouri Baptist University trustees approved new academic programs and appointed new faculty members at their regularly-scheduled meeting May 23.

The Board approved new minors in Worship Leadership, Worship Studies and Sports Journalism.

The Board learned of approval from the Higher Learning Commission for the University to offer Bachelor of Professional Studies in Healthcare Management for employees at BJC Healthcare, the largest employer in St. Louis. Cohort programs at  various BJC locations are expected to begin this fall.

In other business:

Ittner Architects presented The Board with an updated campus site plan. The site plan comes as the University continues to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive fund-raising campaign in conjunction with the University’s 50th Anniversary.

Aaron Black was appointed Assistant Professor of Management and Business Administration. Black worked for the last five years as MBU’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions at a time when the University saw unprecedented growth. In his new role, Black will teach and oversee business partnerships, including the University’s new relationship with BJC. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lee University, and an MBA from MBU. He is expected to complete a Doctorate in Management from Webster University in 2014.

Dr. Vincent Boyd was appointed Associate  Professor of Higher Education in Community College Leadership. Boyd, who holds a Ph.D in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, will teach courses in the University’s newest doctorate program, which will prepare students for leadership and administrative opportunities at community colleges. Previously, Boyd served as a dean of enrollment management and student development services at Sullivan County Community College in  Loch  Sheldrake, New York. The launch of the program is set to begin this fall, pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission.

Ron Sparks was appointed Special Lecturer for Sport Management. Before entering academia, Sparks worked in various corporate  leadership and training roles. He holds a Master of Science in Sport Management from MBU.

Trustees approved a resolution of appreciation recognizing the late William Copeland for the significant contribution he made in the  life of MBU. Copeland served as a faithful member of the Board of Trustees and  was a generous MBU benefactor. 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.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.