Blue Mountain announces 2018 gala speaker and honorees
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Blue Mountain College president Barbara C. McMillin announced that Dennis Swanberg will be the guest speaker at Blue Mountain College’s third annual scholarship gala. The event will be held in the Modena Lowrey Berry Auditorium, on the Blue Mountain College campus, Friday, April 20, 2018.

Swanberg served the local church in pastoral ministry for 23 years. In 1995, Dennis took a leap of faith when he stepped down as church pastor and stepped up to the microphone on stages and platforms all across America and the world.

“The Swan” soon became “America’s Minister of Encouragement,” a job he takes seriously as he continues to speak to about 150 organizations, faith-based groups, and corporations every year. He hosted two successful TV series, authored 9 books, and created over two dozen DVD/CD productions.

In the spring of 2016, BMC implemented a seven-year strategic enrollment plan entitled GROW BMC. The growth strategy is well underway. This past fall, the College reached a major milestone by surpassing 600 students for the first time ever. In addition, the record enrollment was a 34 percent increase from the 450 students from just two years prior.

“This growth strategy would not have been possible had our College not made the brave transition to become fully co-educational in the year 2005.” McMillin commented, “Two people displayed exceptional leadership during this historic time in BMC’s history: President Bettye Rogers Coward and BMC Board Chair, Dr. Bobby P. Martin.”

This year’s scholarship gala will celebrate the impact of these individuals upon the College with the renaming and dedication of the education building as Coward-Martin Hall.

Founded in 1873, Blue Mountain College’s mission is to assist students in pursuing academic excellence, intellectual integrity, civility, and Christian character. Blue Mountain College was ranked seventh by U.S. News and World Report in 2017-2018 as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South. The College was ranked number one in the Best Value category of Regional Colleges in the South.