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IMB, colleges sign bilateral agreement

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Following more than a decade of informal cooperation between the International Mission Board and nearly 50 Baptist-related colleges and universities, leaders of both groups signed a bilateral agreement Nov. 19, pledging mutual support for common purposes.
Signing for the IMB were President Jerry Rankin and Vice President for World A Strategies Lewis Myers. The Consortium for Global Education was represented by Ben Elrod, chairman, and Dan Grant, president.
IMB missionary Carolyn Bishop was named to serve as international director of the consortium. Under the new agreement, the IMB will pay her salary and the CGE board will supervise her work. Bishop has served as a liaison with the consortium in recent years and brings with her extensive overseas experience, including service in South Korea, London and Hong Kong.
The Consortium for Global Education was established in 1987 as an autonomous organization supporting the development of international exchange programs in pursuit of quality higher education and opportunities to share the gospel.
During its first decade, CGE institutions have established more than 300 partnerships with some of the world’s most prestigious universities in 80 countries. In recent years, more than 200 faculty members and 600 students have participated in CGE-related exchanges.