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Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist University
Former names
Southern Baptist College, Williams Baptist College
AffiliationArkansas Baptist State Convention, Southern Baptist Convention
PresidentDr. Stan Norman
Vice-presidentDr. Brad Baine, Dr. Brett Cooper, Ms. Angela Flippo, and Dr. Dale Leatherman
Location, ,
36°07′32″N 90°56′25″W / 36.12544°N 90.94023°W / 36.12544; -90.94023
ColorsBlue and white
AthleticsNAIA, American Midwest Conference
SportsMen's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, cross country and track & field, swimming, and golf; women's basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, cross country and track & field, swimming, and golf

Williams Baptist University is a private, coeducational university located in the Lawrence County, Arkansas community of Walnut Ridge. Founded in 1941, this institution began its life as a two-year school. It began granting bachelor's degrees in 1984 and master's degrees in 2017. The name of the school was changed in 1991 from Southern Baptist College to Williams Baptist College in honor of its founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. In 2018, its name was changed to Williams Baptist University. The current president of the institution is Dr. Stan Norman, who took office in April 2018.

Williams has been accredited since 1963 through the Higher Learning Commission.[1]

The college is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Previous presidents include Dr. H.E. Williams (1941–1973), Dr. D. Jack Nicholas (1973–1991), Dr. Jimmy Millikin (1991–1993), Dr. Gary Huckabay (1993–1995), Dr. Jerol B. Swaim (1995–2012), Dr. Thomas O. Jones (2012-2017), and Dr. R. Stanton Norman (2018-present).


WBU athletic teams, nicknamed the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the American Midwest Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, swimming, cross country and track, and golf; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, cross country and track, and golf.

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ "Jack Ladyman". Retrieved April 8, 2015.

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