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Nov. 22, 2006
For Immediate Release


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Bill Mackey, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, declared the signing of the agreement between Campbellsville University and the Instituto Biblico Bautista Hispano  a “historical day.”

An agreement between Campbellsville University and the Instituto Biblico Bautista Hispano formalized the working arrangement between the two providing the Instituto with facility and equipment for its program.

The signing ceremony took place recently at the Campbellsville University Louisville campus.

Representing Campbellsville University, the Rev. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president,

and vice chairman of the Instituto Biblico Bautista Hispano board, said the university was honored to be part of the partnership.

Chowning said this agreement helped to fulfill the mission of the university and to help connect with Kentucky Baptists. The partnership will also provide technical assistance, technology training, curriculum revision and English as a Second Language training.

 Also representing Campbellsville University, Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, said reaching out with partnership and programs such as this was “an exciting part of what is going on at Campbellsville University.” Cheatham said that there were many important reasons to have the Campbellsville University Louisville campus and this new partnership was one of them.

 Dr. Twyla Hernandez, executive director of Instituto Biblico Bautista Hispano, shared that this agreement was a “dream come true.” Hernandez said Campbellsville University and the Kentucky Baptist Convention have always been with this program. She said, “The Instituto is something God has put together.”

“The new parntership agreement with Campbellsville University is a signficant step forward for the Institute,” said Grundy Janes, long-term Bapitst missionary to Chile and chairman of the board of the Insitute.

“Campbellsville University has already been very supportive of our work,and this partnership agreement brings us to a new level of cooperativework.  “Large numbers of Hispanic Baptist pastors will benefit from the cooperation of Campbellsville University and the Institute.”

For more information about the Instituto, contact Dr. Twyla Hernandez at or at (859) 420-2220 or Grundy Janes at or (502) 896-4177.

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.