Announcing TRUE BACONE!
This morning, Friday, June 15, Chief Kenneth Adams, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Bacone College and Dr. Ferlin Clark, President of Bacone College, announced a plan to carry on the historic mission of Bacone College to education American Indian students in a nurturing Christian environment—to revive the “True Bacone.”
In a press conference held in front of the historic Bacone College Memorial Chapel, Chairman Adams stated, “In spite of the serious financial difficulties we faced and still face, the Board of Trustees has demonstrated their faith in the future of Bacone College and our intent to keep our college open.”
President Clark stated that “over the past few days the Board of Trustees has approved a plan to right-size Bacone College.” The plan includes the sale of the Bacone Commons, previously known as the Walmart Shopping Center. The college’s library, welcome center, and student center will be returned to the main campus. Further changes include reducing some athletic programs and changes in staffing.
Continuing students will soon be hearing from their advisors and coaches to make plans to enroll and return for the fall 2018 semester. New students will be contacted by admissions staff to complete the enrollment process.
Chairman Adams affirmed that, “We have brought in a new president, a president with a vision for Bacone that encompasses the historical mission, a mission that renews our efforts to educate Native Americans in a Christ-centered environment. Bacone has accepted and will continue to accept a diverse group of students and we are proud to be a part of that heritage.”
After changes the academic programs we proudly continue to offer include: American Indian Studies, Business (with numerous concentrations), Education (including Early Childhood and Family Studies), Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, Radiography, Christian Ministry, Criminal Justice, and Center for Online Teaching and Learning.
Academic programs we will be supporting include: Baseball, Basketball (men and women), Cross Country, Soccer (men and women), Track, and Volleyball.
Details of the sale, as well as staffing changes and new initiatives will be forthcoming as they are worked out but for now the Board, Administration, faculty, staff and students are invited to join in the celebration. In the words of one of our faculty, “Almon, the dream is still alive!”