WALNUT RIDGE – A new facility at Williams Baptist College (WBC) will be named for the institution’s longest serving professor.
Joy Ring was honored at WBC’s commencement exercises May 9, for achieving 50 years of service to the college.
It was also announced that the Joy Ring Student Success Center is being named in her honor.
Ring, a professor of business, has served longer than any other faculty member in the history of Williams.
“Joy Ring’s love for Williams Baptist College and its students has been abundantly clear for half a century. She is a treasured member of our campus family, and there is no way of measuring the incredible impact she has had at Williams,” said Tom Jones, WBC’s president.
Williams is opening the Joy Ring Student Success Center this fall to provide expanded tutoring and counseling services for students, as well as a dedicated space for studying. It will occupy a spot on McClellan Drive, next to the WBC post office.
“Williams seeks to provide every opportunity for its students to succeed in the classroom and in life, so it is only fitting that this center be named for Joy Ring, who has worked diligently toward that goal for the past 50 years,” Jones said.
Ring was also presented a medallion commemorating her 50 years of service by Kenneth Startup, WBC’s academic dean. She was given a standing ovation by the crowd, which filled the Southerland-Mabee Center.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.