20 March 2023 |
According to a press release on March 16, Andrews University met for their delayed quinquennial meeting. “Originally scheduled for 2020, the meeting was postponed due to the pandemic and was rescheduled to follow the most recent General Conference session in 2022.”
“Even though Corporation meetings don’t happen frequently—it’s been seven years since our last one—they are important moments for our University,” says President Andrea Luxton. “These meetings gave us a chance to review and vote for board membership, and that newly voted board will meet for the first time on June 1. There are other important things, including confirming bylaw changes, and these meetings give the president a chance to let these important stakeholders, or members, of our Corporation, know about what we’ve done, and what we’re hoping to do, as a University.”
Throughout the meeting, the members chose new board members, listened to the Presidential Report, and discussed the 2022–2025 Strategic Plan. Below are some excerpts from the press release:
New Board Members
Dalry Payne, senior executive assistant to the president, explains, “Twenty of the board members are elected trustees and the remaining twenty-one are ex officio. At the meeting, 12 of the current elected trustees were voted to continue for another new term and eight individuals were elected as new trustees.” Once the new trustees have confirmed their acceptance of the election, the official list of the members will be updated and posted on the University website. This new board will serve until 2026, when the regular quinquennial sessions return to their pre-pandemic pattern.
The report emphasized a distinct focus on mission, service and academic success in every area of the University, as well as the integration and development of faith throughout. Luxton also spoke to the University’s rankings and reviewed retention and graduation rates on campus. Although the president did address the national trends impacting higher education, such as the need for financial innovation and increased mental health support, the report emphasized the University’s resilience in the face of various crises over the past few years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. You can review an annotated version of Luxton’s Presidential Report here.
The Presidential Report concluded with Luxton speaking to the current 2022–2025 Strategic Plan for the University and its call for greater access, greater flexibility and innovative solutions… In addition to these Strategic Plan updates, Luxton noted that broadened revenue streams and deepened University partnerships will be key to forthcoming success.
For more information, the entire 2022–2025 Strategic Plan can be accessed here.
The next Corporation meeting will be held in 2026, in the year following the 2025 General Conference session, and will then return to its quinquennial schedule.