Merry Christmas! Am I really saying that already? The semester has been so jam packed and fast paced that the Christmas break is a welcome anticipation. And while, for most, it will be a quiet, reflective time, let me announce several significant changes that some are experiencing.
Congratulations are in order for Mr. Chris Baker and his new wife, the former Dr. Esther White, who were married on November 26. Mr. Baker ministered at BJU for more than 38 years and served most of those years as the director of financial aid. He and Esther have known each other for over 25 years through both church and school. God graciously brought them together after his wife passed away last year. We are thrilled for them and anticipate God’s good hand of blessing on their marriage as they continue serving the Lord together.
In addition to the name change, there is a position move in store for Dr. Baker (perhaps, she prefers Mrs. Baker now?). For the last eight years plus, Esther has been wearing two hats as the assistant administrator and as the director of academic advising for the secondary level. I am pleased to announce that, beginning in January, Esther will move fully into the role as assistant administrator to focus on responsibilities that are generally school-wide in focus. She will spearhead new opportunities such as alumni relations and some of the new marketing endeavors. Esther achieves excellence with all she undertakes and will continue to benefit BJA as she serves the Lord in this expanded capacity. Her new office will be located in the Applied Studies Building.
Miss Laura Freeman, who has been in the academic office for 10 years, will fully oversee the high school academic office as she continues in an increased role as academic advisor to provide excellent service for students, parents, and faculty. Mrs. Lisa Zydowicz, who has worked in the academic office for about 20 years, will assist Laura in the reorganized academic office functions. Over the course of the semester, Mr. Larry Hunt will monitor and direct the rebalancing of the administrative needs at the secondary level.
I am grateful for all that these folks have done to serve faithfully and for the willingness to envision improvements to strengthen BJA for the future. And, once again, a very special congratulations to Dr. Mrs. Baker!
May the Lord be preeminent in all the activity over the upcoming days and may His glory be reflected in our thoughts, words, and actions. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
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