Ft. Smith Educational Center Expands

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Left to Right: Steve Beers, vice president of student development, Jim Krall, vice president of university advancement, Paul Wills, JBU board of trustees, Richard Ellis, dean of graduate and professional studies, Charles Pollard, president, Ray Baker, mayor of Fort Smith, Shari Breuer, JBU Ft. Smith Center staff, Philip Beatty, director of the JBU Fort Smith Center.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 27, 2004) - John Brown University hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at JBU’s newly expanded and remodeled Fort Smith Educational Center on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The center is located at 1401 S. Waldron Road, Suite 104. The education center in Fort Smith recently doubled in size due to continued enrollment growth in JBU’s graduate and degree completion programs in Forth Smith. The expansion project added three new classrooms. “These new classrooms will allow us to expand our program offerings in Fort Smith,” Phillip Beatty, JBU’s Fort Smith director said. “Students are enjoying the fresh, open atmosphere of the new space.” JBU first offered classes in the degree completion program in Fort Smith in 1994 at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and relocated to a leased facility at Phoenix Village Mall on Towson Ave. In fall 2001, JBU purchased the former Union Center to relocate the Fort Smith center to its current location on Waldron Rd. Currently, JBU’s graduate and Advance program enrollment in Fort Smith is at 175 students. Faculty includes approximately 25 area business and community leaders. Graduates of the program are employed in all major local industries, including Baldor Electric Company, Beverly Enterprises, Rheem, Whirlpool, Trane, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and St. Edward Mercy Medical Center. Graduate courses in counseling and business administration, as well as leadership and ethics are offered at the Fort Smith center in addition to all Advance classes for the business information systems and organizational management programs. The Fort Smith center offered only the organizational management degree until 2001, when the business information systems degree was added. The graduate programs in business and leadership and ethics began in 2002, and the graduate programs in community counseling, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy started in 2003. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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