Date: October 20, 2022
It was perhaps inevitable. After all, COVID reduced the number of events to virtually zero – or to be more literal ‘events became virtual which had virtually zero cost’. And as vaccinations became more widely available, in person events became the norm, and travel resumed. Add in the inflationary pressures (especially in respect to travel), and the demands on the budget increased significantly.
It is good that in person events are happening. For all the joys of a zoom conversation, it is a partial connection. The “Marking the Moment” events around the country have been well-attended. The Alumni Convocation was strong. The play “Dust” was sold out all four nights. The new Deanery has had numerous events. We want to be together.
Vice President Ballou reported to me on the first quarter results of the operating budget. We are running far ahead of this time last year. She gave me strict instructions to curtail my discretionary spending; I need to say, gently and clearly, no more often. So, I ask all the spending departments to look carefully at their first quarter expenditures and plan ahead carefully. We need to stay in budget even as we enjoy finally “getting together”.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President