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Those participating in the groundbreaking for Williams Baptist College's new Butler Hall included (from left): Dana Kelley of Jonesboro, a Williams trustee and chair of the board's capital provisions committee; Susan Watson, WBC's dean of students; Tommy Wells, a WBC senior from Cross County, representing the student body; WBC President Dr. Jerol Swaim; Frank Shell of Batesville, board chair; and Jeff Herron, an architect with Brackett-Krennerich Architects of Jonesboro, designers of the complex.

Williams breaks ground
on honors apartments

With trustees, employees and students looking on, Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge formally broke ground Friday on Butler Hall. The new apartment complex is being built to house male honor students.

'This is a great day for Williams Baptist College,' commented WBC President Jerol Swaim. "We are beginning an exciting project that will provide additional student housing, which has become a pressing need for us, as well as giving us another very attractive structure on our campus."

The $1.2 million project is being built by Nix Construction of Jonesboro. It is a two-story facility containing seven apartment units, and it will house 29 students. Construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, 2008, in time for the fall semester next year.

The structure is being named for the family of Jim Tom Butler of Harrisburg, which is providing a $500,000 gift toward the project.

"It is difficult to adequately express our gratitude to the family of Jim Tom Butler," Swaim said. "Their generosity has quite literally made this project possible, and they are enriching the Williams experience for many future students."

Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were: Dana Kelley of Jonesboro, a Williams trustee and chair of the board's capital provisions committee; Susan Watson, WBC’s dean of students; Tommy Wells, a WBC senior from Cross County, representing the student body; Swaim; Frank Shell of Batesville, board chair; and Jeff Herron, an architect with Brackett-Krennerich Architects of Jonesboro, designers of the complex.

The groundbreaking was held at the conclusion of WBC's regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.

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