Date: January 21, 2021
I remember, when I went on sabbatical in 2016, worrying that perhaps the institution would discover that I am not needed. It is true VTS functioned well in the year that I was away. I did make an important discovery that VTS can operate without me. This is healthy. No one should imagine that they are indispensable in the system.
Today I want to honor the hard work of Ms. Mara Sherman. With its director, the Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D., on sabbatical, Mara has held the Doctoral Programs together. She has done so in the middle of a pandemic. There has been plenty of interest in our doctoral programs: Hong Kong continues to progress and there are the preparations for the summer residency (which might be virtual) to make. Mara has been solid and reliable. She has handled the stress and demands of the position with professionalism and competence.
Now just to reassure you, Dr. Kane. Don’t worry, the system does need you. Mara will be delighted to have you back in your role as director of the Doctoral Programs. But as you reenter, an employee you already admired is worthy of your continuing admiration. She did a good job in your absence; and together, you will do an even better job going forward. Thank you, Mara.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President