Presidents Newsletter July 2011

JUNE BOARD MEETING   

Let me report, as customary, on the quarterly meeting of our Board of Trustees. Each June, trustees conduct a two-day retreat on strategic issues. This year’s meeting focused on our sponsorship by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, with historical perspective and outstanding insight on the implications of sponsorship provided by Sr. Margaret Carney, president of Saint Bonaventure University and member of Alvernia’s board. She also offered a very helpful overview of the importance of Ex corde ecclesiae, the Vatican document that provides direction for Catholic colleges on maintaining their Catholic identities. She and I also reported on the work of the Sponsorship Learning Community, a group of trustees and the Bernardine leadership team who are midway through a study of the sponsorship relationship.

This June’s meeting also included discussion of potential revisions to our institutional strategic plan, including updates to the capital campaign and campus master plans, as we anticipate Phase II of our work (2013-2018). There will be much more on this at our upcoming State of the University meeting.

Besides routine business, the board also approved all recommended faculty handbook changes, including important new guidelines for selection of academic deans. Also approved were two new trustees, Steve Najarian, president of the Dewey Land Company, and Tim Dietrich, managing partner, Barley Snyder LLC. Both are valued additions and bring with them beneficial professional experience. 

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