Today the Board gathers to do its important governance work. This is quite a marathon. It was yesterday morning at 8am that we started with a Plenary. Serious and major issues were identified; thoughtful discussion followed. Then we went into the Committees. Community Life discussed a possible statement of inclusion; the Trustees Committee did the work of electing a slate of Trustees; Institutional Advancement discussed the capital campaign; Academic Affairs approved the graduates; a joint Buildings and Grounds along with Finance looked at construction projects and approved the funding; and the Honorary Degrees committee met right at the end of the day. Their recommendations will now to the full Board. A full and complicated meeting looms this morning.
Along with the Board Chair, Dr. David Charlton, I attended every meeting. There is no question that the scrutiny given the administration is appropriate and done well. We need to be held to account. One finished the day feeling that this was an example of good governance.
I marvel at our volunteer Board. Every member is making a major gift of time to this place. And they do so because of their love of this Seminary. Thank you so very much for the gift of your presence.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President