CBC presents employee awards

Central Baptist College recently honored faculty and staff for their service to the college during the annual Pre-College Meeting for all employees. 

Years of service awards are presented to employees beginning in their third year of employment, and then every five years:

40 years of service

Dr. Dusty Bender, social studies department chair and professor of history

30 years of service

Dr. Beth Cantrell, business department chair and professor of business

20 years of service

Lisa Padgett, admissions analyst

15 years of service

Tonya Hammontree, director of financial aid

Dr. Earl Johnson, associate professor of music

Jill McCollum, director of dining services

Dr. Aaron New, behavioral sciences department chair and professor of psychology and counseling

Jim Turner, assistant professor of music

Rachel Whittingham, learning resources division chair and director of Story Library

10 years of service

Mechelle Cargile, director of human resources

Jessica Faulkner, director of alumni engagement

Ken Prophete, wresting coach

5 years of service 

Paul Cherry, vice president of finance

Steve Elder, PACE department chair and director of PACE and online studies

Dr. Delena Gammill, education department chair and professor of education

Allison Lightfoot, public services librarian

Dr. Kateryna Pitchford, associate professor of business

3 years of service

Marieca Ashworth, student services coordinator

Angela Brantley, business office accountant

Duffy Guyton, director of church relations

Erik Holth, sports information director

Bobby Jeffers, dining services night manager

Justin Moore, director of admissions

Amber Strain, professor of mathematics

Central Baptist College presents two awards each year that are based on guiding principles found in the book “The Fred Factor.” All employees are given this book as part of their orientation process upon initial hire.The Fred Award was presented to Bobby Wilkey for the way he exemplifies each of the four principles of being a “Fred,” which are making a difference each day, having a heart for people, changing ordinary moments into memorable ones and leading by example. The C.A.R.E. (Creating a Rare Experience) Award was presented to Byron Baker for his work in benefitting the employees, students and visitors of CBC.

2020 Outstanding Faculty Awards were presented by Dr. Gary McAllister, vice president for academic affairs, to Dr. Blake Duffield and Dr. Dusty Bender.

The 2020 Employee of the Yearaward was also announced. Nominated by letter or email to the CBC president, the employee was required to meet the following criteria: loyalty to the institution, demonstration of a good work ethic, positive attitude toward fellow workers and students, and professionalism. The 2020 Employee of the Year award was presented to Tonya Hammontree, director of financial aid.