I looked around the table at the Alumni and Alumnae Executive Committee (AAEC), I knew everyone there. And so many had graduated during my tenure as Dean. It was a lovely moment. Here were a talented group of women and men serving the Seminary and serving the Church.
Our conversation ranged widely. They mused thoughtfully on the challenge of searches and the danger of so many talented people being overlooked. It was clear that the agenda of the meeting thus far had been rich. Much of the conversation had focused on Strategic Planning for the AAEC. There was widespread appreciation of the hard work of Ms. Shelagh Casey Brown.
Our alums really matter. They are the bridge between the present and the past. These are human lives that have been formed in this place. They appreciate the work that the Seminary is doing. And they are deeply interested in supporting that work going forward. I enjoyed my brief time with them; and I am delighted that they are with us.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President