It is hard to believe I have been at Virginia Theological Seminary for more than eight years. VTS hired me as Guest House Manager and promoted me to the Director of Hospitality Services and Operations. I am now the Development Services Director for Institutional Advancement. I have worked for six different supervisors. I took advantage of educational opportunities offered by the Seminary and enrolled in the Evening School, became a part-time, non-degree student, then pursued an MA, graduating in May 2019, and am now an alum. Since arriving here, we created a memorial garden in the ruins of the old chapel, built a new chapel, built apartments for students with families, renovated the Refectory, Scott Lounge, and Addison, and we are about to renovate the Library. That is a lot of change in just over eight years!
My colleagues have similar stories of living through changes here. I have heard about the year the campus was dug up, the year the new Dean arrived, faculty and staff who have come and gone, innumerable office moves, and more. These stories are an important part of who we are as a community, and we dare not lose them. They are stories of how we endured changes—both great and small. They show us how we adapt to new circumstances. They can help us work through the ongoing changes brought by reorganization, pandemic, and Black Lives Matter.
As I move into my new position in Institutional Advancement, I look forward to listening to your stories and learning new ways of being and doing in a world of constant change.
Development Services Director