NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
Leadership change ahead for BBC Foundation
BBC Foundation President Mark Robbins will be leaving his position in January to assume a lead fundraising post at Ball State University in Indiana.
Robbins, who has served as Foundation president since early 2007, will serve as Director of Development for the College of Sciences and Humanities at the Muncie, IN, school. A search for Robbins' replacement will begin immediately, said Baptist Bible College & Seminary Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ken Shepard.
"We thank Mark for his years of service and the obvious impact he has had on our planned giving efforts," said Baptist Bible College & Seminary President Jim Jeffery. "Mark has truly served Christ well in his work through all his efforts on behalf of the Foundation and BBC&S. While we are disappointed Mark is leaving BBC Foundation, we are praying God continues to use him to minister to others in his home, church, and in his new position."
Under Robbins' leadership, BBC Foundation recently kicked off a five-year campaign to raise by nearly five-fold the amount given in endowed and annually funded scholarships. The intensive effort will help Baptist Bible College & Seminary students with rising educational costs.
The focus of the campaign is to increase scholarships through endowments and annual gifts. By May 2013, BBC Foundation intends to secure endowment gifts and commitments totaling $6 million. A secondary goal is to increase the number of annually funded scholarships from 13 to 100 by May 2013.
Robbins has been with Baptist Bible College & Seminary and the BBC Foundation since 1999. His prior service includes time as the interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing, and a planned giving officer with the Foundation.
Robbins graduated from Purdue University and Baptist Bible Seminary. Prior to joining the BBC team, he worked in public accounting and private industry, including AT&T.
As a part of his work with BBC&S and the Foundation, Robbins has spoken in numerous churches and written articles and a Bible study on biblical stewardship published by Regular Baptist Press.
Robbins, who currently resides outside Indianapolis, will be able to commute to the new job from his home. At Ball State, he will participate in the university's current $200 million capital campaign, working with major and planned-giving donors. He also plans to pursue a doctorate in education.
Robbins will continue to work with the Foundation in a part-time capacity during the transition. Donors with questions can contact Janet Lantz at email@example.com or 570.585.9608.
BBC Foundation assists individuals with biblical retirement and estate planning and builds financial resources for Baptist Bible College & Seminary and other biblically-based ministries. For details, go to www.bbcfoundation.org or call 800.451.8668.
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers 38 academic programs, from a one-year Bible Certificate to PhDs. Programs are available on the Clarks Summit campus, online, and through several distance learning options. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 11/25/2008 3:17:09 PM