After the stabilizing blessings of last year, we were able, by God’s grace, to see those blessings continue throughout 2010-2011, and also to see significant development and growth in virtually every area.
The year will be especially remembered on campus for its severe weather during the spring semester, with heavy snow prompting cancellation of the first week’s classes in January and a day full of tornadoes prompting the closing of campus a week early in late April. God was merciful in protecting us from severe damage, and many in the Covenant community found opportunity to reach out to help those in surrounding communities who suffered loss.
In last year’s report, I made special note of the senior administration for their outstanding leadership and work. That contribution continued and even expanded in 2010-2011. This year, I want especially to commend the next layer of administrative leadership: directors and deans who have provided essential direction in their respective areas. The vice presidents are quick to point to these folks in explaining how things actually get done - and get done well - at Covenant. There’s David Northcutt in facilities, Jen Allen in communications, Matthew Bryant in admissions, Julie Moore and Emily Ford in student development, Tami Smialek in athletics, Marjorie Crocker in informational technology, John Bates in development, Marshall Rowe in alumni relations, Tom Schreiner in auxiliary services, Bob Harbert and Beth Bailey in finance, Rodney Miller in records, Anthony Tucker in the Center for Calling & Career, Brenda Rapier in financial aid, Kevin Eames in institutional research, Tad Mindeman in the library, Pat Semtner in human resources - and the list could go on and on! And there’s the academic administration, including Paul Morton, Jerry Wenger, Jim Drexler, Bill Davis, Ginner Hudson, Cliff Foreman - and again on and on. Most of the College’s stability and productivity, in support of our mission, can be attributed in God’s good providence to such gifted and devoted people.
I trust you will be encouraged as you bear witness with me to God’s provision and care throughout this past year. We have included a significant number of details in this report—first to try to give you a true feel for the complexity and expansiveness of the work of the College, and second to provide fuller descriptions of some aspects of our program, especially newer ones, with which you may not be familiar.
Amid all the details and productivity, and in all our service to students and to the church, the true blessing is God’s enabling provision to stay true to our founding and guiding mission: to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things.