[South Canaan, Pa]
The Board of Trustees held two days of meetings on August 23-24, 2012 at the Seminary.
A full schedule of Committee Meetings and an all day full Board meeting covered many topics. This was the first Board meeting with His Grace, Bishop Michael as Acting Rector as he was welcomed into his new position at the Seminary. His Eminence, Archbishop
Tikhon who remains on the Board was thanked for his many years of service to the Seminary as professor and Rector.
The Board will continue to look to His Eminence for his experience and knowledge of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
Very Rev. Alexander Atty, Dean of the Seminary, reported the details of the incoming class of 21 new Masters of Divinity
Students, bringing the total attendance at the Seminary to 50. Students are from many Orthodox jurisdictions and come from Austria, Syria, Ethiopia, the Ukraine, as well as all over the United States. The Metropolitan Leonty Dormitory is at complete capacity.
Very Rev. Dennis Swencki serves as both Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development and reported on the finances of the Seminary as well as a his full schedule of outreach over the next few months. This 75th Anniversary year offers an opportunity to take the history of the Seminary as well as information on its mission out to parishes across the country in all Orthodox jurisdictions. Fr. Atty also has an extensive visitation schedule throughout the months ahead.
The Seminary Choir is scheduled for visits with both Fathers Dennis and Alexander.
The Board was updated on the winterization of the newly acquired Western Wayne School Administration Building. Some efforts are needed to protect the empty building from any damage from a potentially harsh winter. Plans are being investigated for the renovation of this building into Married Student Housing; FOCA continues to be a major supporter of the Married Student Housing Project and several members of the Board will travel to the National FOCA Convention in Myrtle Beach, NC over the Labor Day weekend.
Initial plans are being discussed for a full schedule of commemorations and events for the 75th Anniversary of the Seminary, which will be celebrated throughout 2013. Co-chairs for the Anniversary celebrations are Board Secretary, Leda Dzwonczyk and Matushka Nancy Gilbert.
The Board received a full report on the recent ATS extension from ATS Liaison, Dr. Paul Witek. Due to the progress the Seminary has made in matters of governance, strategic planning, the physical plant and assessments, the Seminary has been granted a two year extension of its accreditation period from 2014 to 2016. This has given the Seminary a full 7 year ATS evaluation period. Procedures are in place to meet all ATS recommendations.
Reports were heard from a variety of active committees including Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Development and Public Affairs and Building and Grounds. Other business included a discussion of a satellite Diaconal program in Miami, FL and the Fall Lecture Series.
Watch the Seminary website for additional information on these and other upcoming projects.
The next Board meeting will be held October 25-26, 2012 at Villanova University to coincide with the opening of an exhibition of Icons and sacred items, including some of the Seminary’s Guzey collection, which is being presented at Villanova. Board members will be able to participate in the opening ceremonies.