New college president at Lions

Published 2:32 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

FORMER BAINBRIDGE LIONS CLUB President Jim Beck, second from left, presents a $3,140 check to new Bainbridge College President Richard Carvajal for the club’s Bainbridge College Foundation scholarship that has a current total worth of $10,640. Also taking part in the presentation are Bainbridge College Foundation Chairman Bill Burke, left, and Bainbridge Lions Club President Harrell King, right.

New Bainbridge College President Richard Carvajal told the Bainbridge Lions Club Wednesday that he and members of his administration have a great daily challenge.

“Each day we are able to change lives in a positive way and make a difference,” he said. “That is what is so great about my job.”

Following his address, the club presented the president with a $3,140 contribution check to the Bainbridge Lions Club’s Bainbridge College Foundation scholarship.

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It marked the third contribution to the scholarship and brought the total scholarship worth up to $10,640. The initial contribution was $5,000. The second contribution was $2,500. A student will receive $640 of the scholarship money immediately.

Carvajal said the college’s 2011 through 2014 strategic plan will be addressing three questions about the college that have been asked through the years.

“The three questions that have been most asked through the years have been if Bainbridge College will become a four-year college, if Bainbridge College will add residence halls and if Bainbridge College will add athletic programs,” he said.

“We have addressed those questions in goal three of our three-year strategic plan.”

Goal three calls for Bainbridge College to expand the educational, economic, cultural and social opportunities for the citizens of Southwest Georgia.

“If you look under section 3A of our three-year plan, it states that the college will decide whether or not to expand its mission and offer four-year programs that are intended to meet community workforce needs as an addition to the college’s existing program offerings,” Carvajal said.