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BPC welcomes new members to Board of Trustees


Gary Campbell
Gary Campbell

MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees welcomed eight new members to its 31-member board Jan. 20, announced newly elected board chairman Dr. Tony Romans.

The new BPC Board of Trustees are Gary Campbell of Vidalia, Allen Canady of Savannah, Ken Dowling of McRae, Rev. Karl Hay of Mount Vernon, Tim Redding of Metter, Schel Paulk of Guyton, Russell Pierce of Warner Robins and Rev. Bobby Thompson of Vidalia.

Hay and Paulk will serve terms expiring in 2013 and Dowling’s term will expire in 2014. The other members will serve terms expiring in 2015.

Gary Campbell is a returning member of the Board, serving as a previous board chair. He and his wife Debra live in Vidalia where he is president and COO of VNS Corporation. He and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia. A graduate of Georgia Southern with a B.S., Campbell is a member of Kiwanis, United Way and the Meadows Healthcare Alliance. His daughter, Leslie Campbell Wallace, is a BPC graduate.

Allen Canady
Allen Canady

“BPC is a special and valuable institution, both to higher education and to our area of the state. We are fortunate in that it has an unapologetically Christian focus,” said Campbell.

Campbell was voted vice chairman of the Board during the Jan. 20 meeting.

Allen H. Canady and his wife Linda reside in Savannah where he is the Director of Treatment with the Chatham County Drug Court and a licensed professional counselor at Recovery Place, Inc. He and his wife attend Southside Baptist Church in Savannah, where he serves as a Deacon. A graduate of Regent’s University (N.Y.) with his undergraduate and Argosy with his masters, Canady is a member of the National Association for Addiction Counselors.

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee I hope to accomplish the spreading of the knowledge about the amazing and wonderful accomplishments of students and staff at one of our finest local colleges in Georgia,” said Canady.

Ken Dowling
Ken Dowling

Ken S. Dowling is a former member of the board. He and his wife Marsha live in McRae where he is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Security State Bank. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, class of 1962 and is a member of the McRae Rotary Club. His aunt, Delores Tifton, graduated from Brewton-Parker College.

“I hope to do I can to help Brewton-Parker College continue to grow and to attract students from our area and elsewhere because it offers them a quality academic education with a Christian world view. One great thing about Brewton-Parker is the small class size where students get to personally know their instructors and professors,” said Dowling.

Rev. Karl Hay is a former CIO of BPC. He and his wife Laura both reside in Mount Vernon where he serves as the pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Hay received his bachelor of science in business administration from BPC in 1993 and earned his MBA from Georgia College and State University in 1994. His wife and their children, Curtis and Rebecca, also attended Brewton-Parker College.

“As a BPC Trustee, I hope that I can influence people within our local community to support BPC any way possible since it is the only distinctly Christian higher education institution in southeast Georgia,” said Hay.

Rev. Karl Hay
Rev. Karl Hay

Tim E. Redding Sr. and his wife Pam reside in Metter, where he is president of Redding Motor Co., Inc. He and his wife attend the First Baptist Church of Statesboro. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Metter.

“I hope to make people more aware of the quality Christian education that is available right here in our backyard; how this college may be the right size or fit for students that want and need a smaller environment to learn with more one-on-one direction,” said Redding.

Schel Paulk and his wife Terri reside in Guyton where he is CEO of a landscaping business. He and his wife attend New Providence Baptist Church of Guyton. After attending BPC from 1987 to 1990, he graduated from University of Georgia in 1992. His daughter Kimberly P. Healy also attended Brewton-Parker.

Tim Redding
Tim Redding

Russell “Russ” A. Pierce and his wife Kimberly live in Warner Robins where he is employed as an investment advisor for LPC Financial. He and his wife attend First Baptist Church of Centerville, and he serves as the assistant director of Ironmen Ministries. “As a Brewton-Parker College Trustee, I hope to accomplish a greater awareness of the abilities and benefits that Brewton-Parker can provide to the young men and women seeking a solid education from a school with a solid moral foundation,” said Pierce.

Rev. Robert “Bobby” T. Thompson and his wife Susan reside in Vidalia where he is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Newberry College and a M.Div. in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth from the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Theological Seminary. Redding’s father attended high school at Brewton-Parker Institute in 1944.

One of the most important investments that we make is in the lives of those who hold the future,” said Rev. Thompson about his term on the board.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, BPC’s main campus is located in Mount Vernon and it has an external center in Newnan.


Schel Paulk Bobby Thompson Russell Pierce
Schel Paulk
Rev. Bobby Thompson
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Updated on: February 3, 2011 9:25 AM