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Turner, Cooper Take on New Assignments at Williams


New programs on the horizon at Williams Baptist College mean two administrators at the school are taking on new responsibilities. Dr. Eric Turner has assumed duties as Dean of Adult Education, while Dr. Brett Cooper is now serving as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Eric Turner

Turner is leading WBC’s recently launched effort to add online education and other programs for non-traditional students. He had previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Williams.

"Dr. Turner has extensive experience in on-line delivery systems, both from the learner's side of the desk as well as the instructor's side," said WBC President Dr. Tom Jones. "He has designed and taught more than 62 college and graduate level courses online, and participated in the organizational management of adult programs with a major program provider."

Brett Cooper

Cooper had been serving as Vice President for College Relations, overseeing WBC’s public relations office. In his expanded role, he is in charge of the entire advancement division, which includes fund raising and alumni relations, along with his continued work in public relations.

"Dr. Cooper is well known among the constituents of the college, and the transition to this new role will be relatively seamless," said Jones. "Honestly, I think Brett was built for this role. He was intimately involved with the lead gift for the Manley Chapel and the Commandant's House and proved himself a confident and competent professional in both of those projects."

The new assignments for Turner and Cooper were approved Dec. 7 by the executive committee of the Williams Board of Trustees. The changes were effective immediately.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.

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