On January 20, 2021, I watched the inauguration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris with eyes rimmed with tears. I hadn’t expected that response, but as more layers came into my awareness, I found myself getting more emotional. I thought about all of the tragedy that President Biden had suffered, losing his first wife and two of his children, and his perseverance in the face of such devastating loss. I watched Vice-President Harris’ family walk in and was struck at how there were now two blended families in the highest role of our government. What a beautiful picture!

But mostly I found pride and emotion in the expanding of horizons for all of the disenfranchised people that watched. An African-American, Asian-American woman took an oath for the vice-presidency of the United States. Those three qualifiers were all firsts and symbolized to millions of people around the country that there is no limit to what they can achieve, no matter what systemic racism, white nationalists, ardent segregationists, or anyone else may say. 

Welcome to all of our new students and welcome back to our returning students. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Spring semester is here!

The time has come to apply for financial aid. If you are interested in applying for a graduate loan, please make sure you have a completed 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 FAFSA. You can complete the application at www.studentaid.gov. Graduate loans are also available to everyone who is eligible.

Our goal at BST is to have all of your financial aid needs processed within the first couple of weeks of the semester, so that you can focus on your classes.

Please feel free to contact Sabrina Perkins if you have any question or concerns at 510.841.1905 x227 or sperkins@bst.edu. I look forward to working with each of you to ensure that your financial aid needs are met. Again welcome, we are honored to have each of you as a part of the BST family.

BST is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gene E. Turtle (BBDS ‘57). Gene had served as Director of Camping for American Baptist Churches of Northern California, Minister of Christian Education for the First Baptist Church of Oakland, and educational consultant with the Festival Theater of San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. Later, as an educator, he was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Marin County. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Novato, two daughters and many grandchildren. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, classmates, and loved ones.


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REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
Rev. Sam Fielder, Executive Assistant to the President

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