Date: December 20, 2021
Today I wish to address the staff. I want to start by expressing my gratitude for everything you do. While students come and go, you are the people who stay and keep everything going.
You are the ones who make your way to the campus every day; you are the ones who take care of the campus, provide a high quality educational experience for children at The Butterfly House, ensure that we have the finest theological library in the region, provide imaginative programming for alums and friends in Lifelong Learning, oversee various grants, ensure that we stay connected with friends and alums in Institutional Advancement, admit students, support students, ensure they can take courses, organize contextual ministry, provide a good IT service, make sure worship in Chapel is central, pay salaries, invoices, and process checks, oversee the website and provide an excellent communications service, receive guests, support the Board of Trustees, oversee student housing, provide financial aid packages, run Trytank, support the reparations program and other events around multicultural ministries, support the DMin program, organize numerous events, provide pastoral care and student services, oversee the Historic Bicentenary programming, and, along with all this, do a thousand tasks under that heading “other duties as assigned.”
Thank you for everything you do.
Now along with my gratitude, I wish to issue an invitation. As you reflect during the gift of the Seminary’s holiday closure, do please give some thought to these questions: How would I like my role at VTS to evolve so I can continue to grow and continue to shape the future of the Seminary? What ideas would I like to bring to my supervisor in the New Year?
You are crucial in this place. And we really do want you to shape the future of this institution.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President