Central Seminary’s board of trustees met via the online Zoom platform during the week of May 11-16. The various committees of the board – academic, finance, community engagement, and governance – which would usually meet separately on campus during the two-day meetings of the board, scheduled meetings throughout the week to address their work. The full board of trustees gathered via Zoom on Friday, May 15, for the first of seminary’s semi-annual board meetings for the year.
At this meeting the trustees welcomed new board member, the Rev. Jacquline Saxon, who serves as the Executive Minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches, which includes the American Baptist churches of Iowa and Minnesota. She will serve on the community engagement team of the board.
This meeting also marked the end of service for several trustees, including the Rev. Bruce Morgan, outgoing board chairperson; Dr. Gwendolyn S. O’Neal; the Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, outgoing at-large representative to the executive committee; Mrs. Margene Phares, outgoing secretary; and Ms. F. Mauriece Smith, outgoing chairperson of the finance committee.
Officers were also elected as follows:
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees – Rev. James R. Cook
Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees – Ms. Jane T. Fickle
Secretary – Rev. Linda Sutton
At-Large Representative to the Executive Committee – Dr. Patricia Griffen
The board chairperson appointed Mr. John C. Pauls as chairperson of the finance committee and Mr. Jeff Langford as chairperson of the community engagement committee. Ms. Gail Ashby and the Rev. Angela Lowe had been previously appointed as chairpersons of the academic and governance committees, respectively.
At this meeting the trustees approved the granting of degrees for the seminary’s 75 2020 graduates, one of the seminary’s largest graduating classes. In addition to discussion of other business matters, the trustees also appointed trustees Mrs. Jan Hockensmith and Ms. Jane T. Fickle as a welcoming committee for incoming president, the Rev. Dr. Pam Durso, who will begin her tenure on June 1, 2020.