New Gateway at Williams Entrance
Visitors to Williams Baptist College have been noticing a big change at the college’s entrance. A new gateway has been completed that welcomes those driving onto campus through the main entrance on Fulbright Ave.
"The impact of the new entrance is even greater than we anticipated," said Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC’s president. "This is a beautiful structure that makes a bold statement to visitors about the quality of the college, plus it gives us a distinct sense of place. There is no doubt when you pass through this gateway that you have left behind other surroundings and entered the Williams campus."
The new entrance features red brick pillars, which match most of the buildings at Williams, as well as wrought iron, white stone and gold letters. The structure is built in two sections to line each side of the road.
It was completed at a cost of about $50,000, according to Swaim. Half of the funding came in a gift from Mr. & Mrs. N.B. Harty of Dexter, Mo., and the other half was from the estate of Javine Blackwood of Paragould. The structure is to be named the Harty-Blackwood Gateway.
The gateway was designed at no cost by architect Rik Sowell of Conway, who serves on the WBC Board of Trustees. Tate Construction of Jonesboro served as general contractor on the project.
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