New Site Director in Fort Smith

Siloam Springs, Ark (June 11, 2003) — John Brown University is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip Beatty as the site director in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He will direct JBU’s Advance Program in the Fort Smith area.

“Dr. Beatty brings a wealth of experience in management training and higher education administration,” said Dr. Richard Ellis, dean of adult and continuing education. “I am very happy to bring a person of Dr. Beatty’s caliber to this position.”

Beatty’s business experience includes serving over 30 years in a Fortune 100 company and operating his own business. He has additional experience in higher education teaching graduate and undergraduate business courses. He has also served as a training and curriculum consultant to adult education programs. “The faculty at JBU are focused on facilitating the learning of the students to help them be successful in both their personal and professional lives,” Beatty said. “The Advance Program makes it as convenient as possible for adults, most of whom have family responsibilities, to earn their bachelor’s degree while work full time.”

JBU’s Advance Program is a degree-completion program for working adults who have completed 60 hours of college credit and have two or more years of work experience. The program’s evening classes lead to a bachelor’s degree in either organizational management or business information systems. JBU brought the Advance Program to Fort Smith in 1994 and has other centers in North Little Rock and Springdale. Classes are also offered in Harrison, Hot Springs, and El Dorado.

In addition to the undergraduate Advance Program, JBU Fort Smith Center offers programs leading to master’s degrees in business administration (MBA), leadership and ethics, and counseling.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The residential campus is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.