Entrance to Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo credits: HCF Media Team.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Arkansas Baptist College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Calvin McFadden, Sr., as the college’s sixteenth president. His appointment becomes effective today, January 4, 2023, and he succeeds Interim President Regina Favors, who has served in the role since 2021. Favors also served as interim president from 2018-2020 before turning the role over to former President Carlos Clark.

Dr. McFadden is the current pastor of the Cornerstone Community Church in Missouri City, Texas.

Dr. Calvin McFadden, Sr.

After conducting a national search, the board selected Dr. McFadden whose experience in higher education includes serving as an Academic Dean, Chief of Student Affairs, Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and an Associate Professor at a number of institutions including Florida A&M University, Springfield College, Smith College and Norwalk Community College. McFadden has also served in a number of roles in the church and private sector.

In accepting the position, Dr. McFadden acknowledged that the college has faced significant challenges throughout its 138-year history but has consistently preserved and overcome them.

“I thank Chairman Mays and the Board of Trustees for the humbling opportunity to serve as the 16th President of Arkansas Baptist College. I am inspired by the sacred mission of this great institution to educate generations of young people and our outstanding alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners. I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me and I look forward to working together to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead,” said McFadden.

Dr. McFadden is a native of Tampa, Florida. he is an honors graduate of Bethune-Cookman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He attended the Interdenominational Theological Center and earned a Master of Divinity degree of Religion. He also graduated from Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences and was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Family and Child Sciences. He is a Rotarian, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Pi Phi Boule.

“What an amazing time in Arkansas Baptist College’s 138-year history with the announcement of its sixteenth President, Dr. Calvin McFadden, Sr. We at HCF are confident in the selection of Dr. McFadden, and we praise Chairman Mays and the ABC Board of Trustees for their decision of this appointment. We look forward to exciting future that lies ahead for the college,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., HCF Founder, President and CEO. “I commend Interim President Regina Favors for stepping in and leading the charge of Dear ABC during such a critical time of service to the college. During her time, the college has reaffirmed accreditation and has been removed from probationary status. President Favors’ leadership has been extraordinary, and we appreciate her for her commitment and dedication, serving two times on an interim basis.”

Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is a private Baptist-affiliated historically black college in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1884 as the Minister’s Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas. It is the only historically Black Baptist college west of the Mississippi River.