It was odd. At the end of September, I had to share the bad news with the Dean's Table that I will not be present at any other Dean's Tables for this entire semester. So for example tomorrow there is a lunch marking an agreement with Aspen House and then I am on a train heading to New York for a meeting with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It is just the way the calendar is falling.
As my calendar unfolds, I am grateful for the senior team. Bishop Jim Mathes will continue to navigate the complexities of campus life. His grace and experience are remarkable. One always feels with him that he has already been with someone who has had this or that problem. Vice President Melody Knowles hosts a Meade seminar one night (opportunities for Faculty to share a chapter of a book they are writing) and then is organizing a Faculty search the next. She works so hard: and does the work so well. Vice President Katie Glover totally gets the mission and ministry of VTS and always wants to be consistent with the values of the school (and let it be said, especially as I am seeking to expound those values); she does her work so well. Vice President Jacqui Ballou is able to read the institution with new eyes and has worked in famous institutions where excellence is the constant focus. She brings remarkable energy to some of the oldest challenges facing the seminary. And Vice President Linda Dienno is both a good manager of her team and a good model: she always strives to put the Seminary first: her heart is always in the right place.
Dean's Table will always have other members of the senior team present. It is knowing this that helps me have my fundraising and profile raising focus. Thank you Dean's Table for understanding my absence; thank you Senior Team for being present.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President