Sundoulos - Spring 2007

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

For those of you who haven’t been back on the Biola campus in a number of years, you wouldn’t recognize the overall campus facility changes that have taken place. From the opening of the university library and expansion of the theology holdings section, to the new available classrooms in the Crowell School of Business and additional campus parking, the campus looks and feels different.

Strategic facility growth has taken place at the University, much of which we at Talbot have benefited from. But the University Board realizes that similar expansion needs to take place for the Talbot faculty, staff and student population. And, they have recently voted to move forward on a plan to expand the Talbot facilities to adequately meet the needs of the seminary.

The enrollment of Talbot has grown from 664 students in 1999 to over 1000 today. Full-time faculty has grown from 40 to 61 in the same period, and administrative staff has increased from 13 to 22. Faculty offices are dispersed in four different locations around the campus, and in some cases faculty have been forced to double or triple up in office space. Classes are difficult to schedule in the existing Talbot buildings and have spread to available space around campus. Even with these growing pains, Talbot remains one of the most sought after, premier, evangelical seminaries in the country with a faculty and staff unequalled in their teaching, research, and practice. God is truly blessing the men and women working here at Talbot, and you the alumni who have gone from this place are being used to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Over the next year, Talbot and Biola staff and faculty will begin the early stages of determining what the new face of Talbot’s physical resources will look like. We appreciate your prayers and encouragement as we seek to grow the facilities in such a way as to serve a burgeoning student population, empower the advancing faculty, and prepare for what God will want to accomplish through Talbot in the next decade and beyond. If you would like to participate with us in this project, or know of someone who has been touched by, or is interested in, supporting the work of Talbot School of Theology, we would like to hear from you.

As alumni director, I am continually encouraged by you, our Talbot graduates who serve tirelessly around the world, with the gifts you have been given by God and the tools you have gained through your education. You are a great encouragement to all of us here. May God bless you mightily in your work for Him.

Serving alumni past, present, and future!

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639