Friday, July 20, 2018

Here’s what I am left with as I approach the end of my work as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs: gratitude. I am grateful for the staff with whom I have worked – Derek Greten-Harrison, Wendy Bermudez, Mara Sherman, Taylor Mather, Rachel Holm, and Monica Sloan. They are conscientious and good-natured, work as a team, support each other, communicate forthrightly, and give their best to VTS’ mission even when the work gets stressful. I am particularly indebted to Rachel, our Registrar, who has often known the questions I needed to ask before I did; and Monica, our new Administrator, who practically has a task finished before I’m even done asking for it. I could not ask for better colleagues than Jim Mathes, Ross Kane, and Joseph Thompson, whose thoughtful and collaborative spirit is a model of servant leadership.
 
I am grateful for all of them; for all my faculty colleagues – especially Mitzi Budde with whom I have worked on curriculum – for the opportunity to serve among them; and for my students, who were patient well beyond the call when my work as Academic Dean slowed down my tasks in the classroom.
 
We all do well to remember, friends: the treasures of an institution are its people.
 
The Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Liturgy
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
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