Thursday, March 22, 2018

Please allow me to start by recognizing that it is not by design. But as snow descended on the campus, I was down in Charleston. The sky was blue; and the temperature sufficiently warm to enable me to sit in the courtyard of the hotel and drink coffee. The Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I had a roundtable in Charleston. We had 34 guests interested in the Seminary. This friend making is a crucial part of building up the philanthropic basis of the Seminary.

Despite feeling appropriately guilty, I did keep tabs on the situation on the campus. I was pleased to see the leadership of Vice President Katie Glover as she handled the messaging; and I was delighted with the hard working team in Facilities and especially with the work of Mr. Steven Slominski as he ensured that the grounds were safe and monitored. For the start of Spring, this was hard work for the Seminary community.

When these challenges hit the campus, I am always impressed with the depth of the community. There were staff working from home to change travel arrangements (thank you Ms. Ann Roebuck); there were other staff holding conference calls from home (thank you Ms. Elizabeth Osborne); and then there was the core of the community making sure the campus was safe and the community knew what was happening (thank you Katie, Steve, and everyone else).

The Very Rev. ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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