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James Miller (from right), WBC Board of Trustees chair, introduces Joy Ring during the dedication ceremony for the new student success center named in her honor at Williams Baptist College. With them are Dr. Tom Jones, WBC president; and Dr. Brett Cooper, vice president for institutional advancement.
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Williams dedicates Joy Ring Center

Williams Baptist College paid tribute Friday to Joy Ring, the institution's longest serving professor, with the dedication of the new Joy Ring Student Success Center. Ring, who is professor of business, has served on the Williams faculty since 1965.

The success center opened at the start of the fall semester and is located in a renovated space that previously housed the campus bookstore. The center provides space for a variety of uses, such as academic tutoring, writing assistance, personal counseling and career guidance. Students can also study or work on group projects.

"We are here today to dedicate a wonderful new facility that will help Williams students succeed and to honor someone who has spent the past half-century doing that very thing," said James Miller, WBC Board of Trustees chair.

"As you can see, this facility is named in honor of Professor Joy Ring, who has served this institution with great distinction for 50 years," Miller said. "She is the longest serving professor in the history of WBC ... She has made it her personal mission for the last half-century to see Williams students succeed, so it is only fitting that the Student Success Center bears her name."

Prior to the dedication, Ring was honored at a luncheon on campus with college officials, colleagues and friends attending. During the lunch, Ring shared a few reflections of her life and career.

She recalled crossing the swinging bridge at Powhatan, getting her first teaching job and being encouraged by the late Dr. H.E. Williams to travel to the Holy Land and Europe.

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