Letter from the President
We entered 2009 with the world in a global economic crisis. The realities of the crisis occasion much reflection and discussion on campus and off. We are called to consider how we have played a role in this downturn both as a society and as individuals. An overarching reality is that crises bring with them opportunity.
Along with all other universities, we too will go through a refining fire occasioned by the global crisis. In keeping with the theme of this issue–layers of distraction–we will not be distracted by this crisis. We will meet it head on. To do this, I commissioned an unprecedented comprehensive review of all of Trinity Western’s programs, departments, and operations. The net outcome of this redesign exercise will be to 1) increase operational and program efficiencies, 2) create a sustainable business model by permanently reducing the overall expense structure of the University to meet the financial imperatives within a two-year period, and 3) promote the delivery of appropriately resourced, high quality educational programs and experiences.
We are refining the University’s design in a way that will both affirm the essence of the University, Jesus Christ, and assure the ongoing achievement of the ends to which we are committed as Canada’s premier independent University. Please visit the Envision the Century site to find out more about our essence, ends, and strategic directions.
As you read the stories told within the pages of this issue may you join us in praise of God, who is at work to do His good will, and may we together be reminded of our One focus.
Every blessing in Jesus’ name!
Jonathan S. Raymond, Ph.D.
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