Date: January 12, 2021
For the next week or so, you’ll find me in Bohlen 202. After thirteen years, the furniture in the Dean’s Office had faded, become impossible to clean, and was clearly coming to the end of its life. The Board had approved a budget; as a capital purchase, it will not be recurrent and therefore is easier to accommodate. Installation is easier when the campus is quiet. So new furniture for my office will be arriving soon.
Our need for new furniture ran parallel with the news that Ramsey Terhune of Woodpecker had some capacity. They had done fabulous work in the Chapel. With COVID and the dip in the economy, the orders for new furniture were drying up. Ramsey let us know that if we needed some furniture made, this was a good time for him. Indeed, an order now would enable him to keep his staff employed.
So the order for my office went in, along with an order for new furniture for the Goodwin Board Room. Everyone will remember just how dangerous those heavy tables were, and the real risk of one of those table legs collapsing, leading to potential physical injury. We took the opportunity to work with Woodpecker. The results will arrive next week; in the process, this small company survives this difficult season and its employees had a better Christmas than they would have had.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President