One of the outcomes of the annual board meeting this past May was an approved light touch revision to the 2023 strategic plan. VTS does strategic planning well particularly in the areas of implementation and reporting.On a regular basis—monthly from September-June—the board receives a monthly update that includes a report from a specific area of the seminary that highlights their work in implementing the strategic plan. More formally, as part of the November and May report to the board, we provide data and narrative progress reports on implementation. And every 2-3 years the board undertakes a light touch revision to refine the plan so that it remains current and reflects objectives that have been met as well as new and revised objectives. This is particularly important as we prepare for a capital campaign.
One of the strengths of the VTS board is its willingness to look to the future and think about how VTS is meant to serve the church of tomorrow, just as it has served the church since its founding in 1823. Through my service on the board for the In Trust Center I am a member of the advisory council for their Wise Stewards Initiative which focuses on encouraging boards of theological schools to take a bold step in exploring governance as change agent. I am looking forward to this work and to the opportunity to share the fruits of that experience with the VTS board.
Kathryn Glover, M.P.A. Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and Secretary of the Corporation