TWU president Dr. Jonathan Raymond delivers the first annual “State of the University” address to exclusive President's Circle and dramatically meets fiscal year end challenges.

The transparent and inspiring address was delivered on the last day of the University's fiscal year. Says Raymond, “At our fiscal year-end, we are committed to bringing together our leadership and donor communities for a face-to-face conversation about the state of the University. As part of our commitment to external accountability, “The State of the University” will provide you – our stakeholders – with a transparent statement of the status of the University, and it will present you with an outline of our plans going forward.”

Since Raymond's inauguration in 2006 the new president has been diligent, overhauling many areas of the University which have included hiring a consultant to restructure enrolment (with a goal to see 6000 students in the next ten years), implementing a Policy Governance model for the Board and institution and developing a Strategic Direction for implementation over the next ten years.

And Monday's dinner couldn't have come at a better time. With dignitaries present such as Mayor Fassbender, TWU Presidents Emeriti Calvin Hanson and Neil Snider, Terry Mahoney from Rogers Omni and members of the University Policy Council, President's Cabinet and President's Circle, Raymond shared passionately about what great strides the University has seen in the past year. These successes include launching a new MBA program, opening a new US campus in Bellingham for adult learners, and receiving a $500,000 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Genetics and Disease. He also painted an honest picture of challenges that have come – highlighting needs to increase employee compensation and to double endowments and to refurbish residences.

At the beginning of the evening the University needed $100,000 to meet its funding deadlines for the fiscal year end. After Raymond's impassioned and transparent address, donors, along with an anonymous matching challenge donation of $50,000, raised more than $150,000.

Says Raymond, “We are so thankful to members of our Presidents Circle and invited guests. Trinity Western University is an amazing institution with an amazing vision. This type of financial support echoes the verbal and prayerful support we have felt over this last year. The University is set to continue to do great things – to educate and transform our young people who will ultimately have an impact in the world in which they live. It's an incredible honour to be a part of this process.”

The TWU Board of Governors, who played a major role in the selection of Raymond for the University's next president, were also among the invited guests to hear the address. Gary Inrig, spokesperson for the Board says, “As a Board, we are grateful to the faithful and committed friends who stand with us and are energized by the vision and leadership of President Raymond and his team. We are also humbled by the generous and sacrificial responses of those who attended that made it possible to exceed a very challenging goal.”

The “State of the University” address 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