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Swaim Named President Emeritus


Dr. Jerol and Virginia Swaim share a laugh with WBC Board Chair Ken Brunt (right) as Brunt makes presentations to the retiring Williams president.

Dr. Jerol Swaim will carry a new title with him when he retires as president of Williams Baptist College in June. The board of trustees at WBC has voted to make Swaim the president emeritus. He was surprised with the designation at a retirement reception last week.

"We decided that we didn't want to let you go altogether from Williams, so we just changed your title," said Board Chair Ken Brunt of Bryant. "We are pleased to announce that, after June 30th, we will be able to introduce this man as Dr. Jerol Swaim, president emeritus of Williams Baptist College."

It was one of several presentations made to Swaim at the reception. Brunt also gave Swaim and his wife, Virginia, a travel voucher to take a trip of their choosing around the world. The voucher was paid for by personal donations from the trustees.

Andrea Allen of US Rep. Rick Crawford’s office presented the retiring Williams president with a certificate showing the congressman’s address on the floor of the US House of Representatives last month commending Swaim’s service at WBC.

Arkansas Rep. James Ratliff presented Swaim a framed proclamation from state government commending his efforts.

Swaim was also presented with about 100 letters, messages and cards from well wishers, which were compiled into a book for him.

Several hundred people showed up for the retirement reception, which was held in the rotunda of WBC’s Swaim Administration Building.

Swaim is retiring after 48 years at the college, including 17 years as president. He will be succeeded by Dr. Thomas Jones, who was named last month as the next president of the four-year, liberal arts college.

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