Board of Governors landmark meeting totes vote of confidence for new TWU President

While the University celebrated with its graduates during commencement, there was a great amount of work being undertaken in Trinity Western University's Board of Governors Hall. There, 20 individuals cloistered themselves over three days to discuss the state of the University, read the Presidents' report to the Board, the University's Strategic Direction document and reviewed everything from academics to financial plans for the University.

The Board voted to have seven faculty tenured, eight faculty promoted, three new faculty appointed and three professors to receive Professor Emeritus status including Dr. Carl Tracie, Dr. Harold Harder and Dr. John Anonby. New hires include Dr. Murray MacTavish from Pennsylvania State University as Associate Professor of Business, Dr. Stephen Dunning from the University of Cambridge as Associate Professor of English and Dr. Darren Provost from Redeemer University College in Ontario as Assistant Professor of History.

In what is being dubbed as a “landmark” Board of Governors meeting, the Board also gave approval to proceed with negotiations to connect TWU campus to the GVRD water supply; confirmed a $3.5 million capital contribution towards the Langley Township's Willoughby Events & Recreational Centre, better known as the “Sports Multiplex”; and gave the go-ahead to start plans for the development of a Living Learning Centre and the redevelopment of TWU's historic Calvin Hanson Chapel

In his President's Report to the Board, Raymond writes, “We are engaged in what I have been characterizing as “heavy lifting”…rebuilding enrolment, re-engaging donors, renewing relationships with alumni and churches, etc. This present effort to positively reposition the University on higher ground is best viewed in this report through a three year lens that asks the question: “What can we do in the next three years as a university to ensure TWU's stability and momentum for the next decade and beyond?”

The approved 2007/08 budget that takes into account a three year fiscal framework and includes plans to increase academic vitality, highlighting TWU's MBA program and newly-opened US campus in Bellingham Washington. Additional fiscal plans include further development in the necessary infrastructure for the University, increased emphasis on fundraising and building the University's endowments and an in-depth analysis on strengthening enrolment.

All this activity is coming at the end of the first 10 months of TWU's newly inaugurated President.
“These are times of great challenges and opportunities for Trinity Western. The Board of Governors is grateful to God for the energetic, visionary and highly competent leadership of Dr. Raymond. We are impressed that so much has been accomplished in his first year,” says Dr. Gary Inrig, spokeperson for the TWU Board of Directors. “We are also committed to equip ourselves to lead TWU more effectively into the future God intends for us. Our meeting was an important step in that direction.”

More on the “State of the University” address, the Strategic Direction and President's Report to the Board can be found by visiting www.twu.ca/president

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, communications and education to biotechnology and nursing, and offers 15 graduate degrees in such areas as counseling psychology, business, the humanities, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum