Kimbrow Named Business Executive of the Year
Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow has been named the Business Executive of the Year by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Kimbrow will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the UCA Hyper Center.
The Business Executive of the Year award honors an owner, executive or president of a business who has displayed outstanding performance in either an individual or collaborative endeavor. The honoree is a driving force behind the company and works to maintain an enriched business climate and an enhanced quality of life in Conway.
Since Kimbrow became president of Central Baptist College in 2005, enrollment at the institution has increased 120 percent. This growth is no accident. Through Kimbrow’s vision and leadership, CBC has emerged as one of the fastest-growing private colleges in Arkansas and a prominent player in the Conway business community.
Kimbrow continues to make growth a priority. In 2010, he announced the Vision 2020 campaign for CBC. The goal of the plan is to complete 10 major construction projects over a 10-year period to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students. An academic building was the first project of the plan and was completed in August 2012. Construction has since started on a new Library and Learning Commons.
Despite these achievements, Kimbrow hesitates to call himself a leader. “Rather, I see myself as a partner; a team member; and a champion for this great place to live, work and raise my family,” he said.
Kimbrow lived in three states and a number of cities before settling down in Conway 26 years ago. “There truly is not a place like Conway. I chose to become active in this community because I wanted to see us continue to progress and grow while maintaining the small-town feeling.”
And active he is. Kimbrow has held leadership positions on a number of boards and committees, having served as chairman of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Conway Rotary Club, and president of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities. Recently, he was appointed to serve a nine-year term on the Institutional Certification Advisory Committee. This committee assists the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in the certification and oversight of non-public and out-of-state post-secondary institutions.
Pictured in a pre-awards ceremony reception are from left to right: Jeff Standridge, Chairman of the Board of Directors from the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, CBC President Terry Kimbrow, and Chamber President and CEO Brad Lacy.