Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Today is the 11th anniversary of my first meeting with Dean Markham. I remember this for a couple of reasons: the first is it is my mother's birthday, and that remains important to me, but also it was his first day here at VTS as the Dean and President, and (as my boss) that too has become very important to me.

I had been asked to join an impromptu photo session with his family outside of their home. It was a relatively quick visit, but I will never forget his eagerness to share his thoughts on how we could harness streaming video. YouTube was only two years old at the time, and the only online streaming solutions were still quite expensive (and not always reliable). Nevertheless, the new Dean and President of VTS wanted us to be out in front of this emerging media and asked me directly if I was up for this challenge.

"Absolutely," I said, while shaking my head "no way" to my then supervisor. It was daunting.

In the end, we not only made it work, but we did so within months, live streaming lectures, worship services, and our first online Commencement ceremony in May 2008. And over the years, as technology caught up, we were there.

As the Communications Office looked over priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, video (live streaming and produced content) has found its way to the top of the list. I am grateful the Seminary has been in front of this "challenge" for so long.

Curtis Prather
Director of Communications
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