Employee Appreciation Day finally arrives. This is a day when the Seminary closes and all the Staff and Faculty are invited to enjoy the gift of each other. It is a thank you for the remarkable team of women and men who serve in this place.
If you ask the question: what is VTS? You will get a variety of answers. Yes, it is an Episcopal seminary. Yes, it is a graduate school. Yes, it is 90 acres inside the beltway in northern Virgnia. But in the list of possible answers, one crucial one is this. VTS is the remarkable women and men who serve the seminary and make the seminary the extraordinary place it is.
There are many reasons why we work. We all need a pay check. We all need health insurance. We all need something to do with our day. But I hope and pray that in the list is this: I work at VTS because it is truly great place to work. The mission is important; the work is interesting; and I want to be part of a institution that truly matters. Enjoy employee appreciation day everyone.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President