July 26, 2017 Edition

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Foster, Perkins named
department chairs at WBC



Williams Baptist College has named Dr. Robert Foster and Dr. Blake Perkins its two newest heads of departments. Foster is now the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries, and Perkins has taken the helm of the Department of History and Government.

Foster has been a member of the Williams Christian ministries faculty since 1999. Originally from Oklahoma, he earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, and master's in divinity and doctorate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"Dr. Foster has been an extraordinary faculty member for 18 years at Williams," said Dr. Brad Baine, vice president for academic affairs at WBC. "He teaches with genuine passion and presents the content of his courses in a dynamic fashion. During his tenure at Williams, Dr. Foster has exhibited quality leadership, as he has served in a variety of capacities for the benefit of the college. I am confident that Dr. Foster will continue to provide superior leadership as the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries."

Foster and his family reside in Walnut Ridge.

Perkins has been an assistant professor of history at WBC since 2014, and before that served as an adjunct instructor. The Lawrence County native earned his bachelor's degree in history from Lyon College, his master's in history from Missouri State University and his doctorate from West Virginia University.

"Dr. Perkins is a highly effective instructor with a passion for history and meeting the needs of his students," Baine said. "In addition to his skills in the classroom and leadership for the institution, he is a published author and has presented his research at national, state and local events. Williams is fortunate to have Dr. Perkins as a faculty member and chair for the department of history and government."

Perkins and his family live in Lynn.

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