Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On June 3, we announced our new vision statement. The process that lead to the vision statement was not only a model for shared governance, but a testament to the strength of the VTS governance structure. Faculty and Trustees met in small groups to consider a set of questions, the small group leaders drafted vision statements that encompassed each group's ideas, and then faculty and trustees together voted on the main ideas and proposals as a means of prioritization. The next step was to draft and approve a final vision statement which will serve as the guiding document for a new strategic planning cycle.

This past week, I had the honor and pleasure of co-teaching in our Doctor of Ministry program. The course was on governance and mission and in our five days together we discussed best practices and shared ideas and experiences from our own contexts. Leaders in parishes and schools talked about their own experiences of shared leadership and shared governance. Their stories confirmed my own conviction that VTS not only gets, but does shared governance and does it well. 

In the months ahead our constituencies will have both formal and informal opportunities to provide input and feedback that will shape the new strategic plan. Those constituencies include not only staff, students, faculty and alumni but many more such as our Bishops' Consultation, our VTS Round Tables, and our Field Ed supervisors. Anyone, in fact, is welcome to provide input. Just send an email to

So, read the vision statement and send us your ideas. We are eager to hear them.

Kathryn A. Glover
Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness
Secretary of the Corporation