July 19, 2017 Edition

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Gibbens honored for 50
years of service at WBC

Jerry Gibbens was recently honored for 50 years of service to Williams Baptist College.

Professor Jerry Gibbens was recently honored for a rare milestone: 50 years of service at Williams Baptist College.

Gibbens was recognized during WBC's spring commencement ceremony for completing a half-century at the institution.

While Gibbens received a medallion to commemorate his service, WBC President Dr. Tom Jones also revealed at graduation that the commons area in the college's Maddox Center is to be named Gibbens Atrium beginning in the fall.

Gibbens is a professor of English and chair of the division of arts and sciences at WBC. He is the second employee in the school's history to reach the 50-year milestone.

The first honoree was Joy Ring, professor of business, who was honored two years ago.

Over the summer, the Maddox Center is undergoing extensive renovations, and the Gibbens Atrium will be unveiled at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester with a ribbon cutting.

"I was certainly surprised when I learned the college would name the atrium of the Maddox Center for me," said Gibbens. "I have been blessed to work in an institution that I love."

Gibbens is currently looking forward to continuing his work at the college. He and his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters are all graduates of WBC.

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