Yesterday the Board of Trustees finished its February meeting. The Tuesday afternoon was spent reflecting on project priorities. Four groups explored the areas of curriculum, physical plant, centers, and distance and satellite campuses. Some ten priorities emerged for the Seminary to further consider between now and the May Board meeting. In addition, the tuition fees for the next academic year were voted; and the partnership with Ming Hua was approved in principle. It was a rich and complex discussion.
Much of the discussion concentrated on the vision we have for our future. The Board's view is that we are here to make a difference. Our task is to create possibilities that will support Christianity in general and the Episcopal Church in particular. So ideas circulating included a "Think Tank for congregational and theological studies" and a greater focus on encouraging the learning of Spanish and other non-English languages.
We now have our marching orders. The Board has set the direction. It is now up to us to do the work of delivery.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President