Facelift of Student Facilities at Newbold College Begins

07 March 2012 Bracknell, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] Since commencing as Principal at Newbold College late last year Dr Philip Brown has initiated a much-need refurbishment schedule for the halls of residence, cafeteria and gymnasium. “Improving the standard of existing facilities is vital to the student experience on campus and will prove critical to boosting enrolment in 2012-13 and beyond” Dr brown said this week.


Dr Brown comes to Newbold College with extensive experience in the Education sector in senior management and leadership roles. Brown previously served as Vice-President (Learning & Teaching) at Avondale College, the main higher education institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific Division.  Brown has also been Director of Education for a US-based online learning company; General Manager for an educational publisher; and Executive Principal for a university pathways college to one of Australia’s  largest urban universities.

Dr Brown’s strong academic background includes a Master of Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne; Master of Commerce and Master of Educational Administration degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Doctor of Education, undertaken at La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts institution in California, USA.

One project that Dr Brown has initiated in recent weeks is a facelift for Keough House, the 50 year old men’s Hall of Residence on campus.  At 50 years, Keough House is showing its age and no longer offers the kind of accommodation that will contribute to a positive student experience at Newbold.

The Newbold College Board, with the support of the Union Conferences within the Trans-European Division are committed to refurbishing and upgrading Keough House by the beginning of the new college year in September 2012.

Later this month Dr Brown will be writing to church boards and members within the Trans-European Division asking whether your church could contribute to the refurbishment of just one room (or more if your church feels able) over the immediate period ahead.

As a guide, each of the 40+ rooms requires up to £2,500 (€3,000) worth of new furniture including beds, bedside tables, cupboards, study desks, chairs, flooring, curtains and related accessories.  This means, for example, the refurbishment of one room could be funded if 25 members from your church were each prepared to contribute just £30 per month for the next five months. The good news is that for every £1 or €1 donated – up to a total of  €120,000 – that sum will be matched by an anonymous donor.

‘We have taken a step in faith and have signed a contract and the work is underway. As the first installment is due to the construction company by the middle of April we would urge church members, alumni and friends of Newbold College to make this request a matter of prayer and priority.”  Brown said.

If you are interested or require further information about any aspect of the project to refurbish Keough House over the coming months, please contact Dr Brown directly on +44 1344 407 400 or at [email protected]

“We thank church members in anticipation of any contribution that they and their church feels able to make at this time” Dr Brown added. [tedNEWS]

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