FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 2, 2012
DR. WENDY FLETCHER
The Board of Vancouver School of Theology announces with regret that The Reverend Dr. Wendy Fletcher has decided not to resume the office of Principal and Dean at the conclusion of her sabbatical year in December 2012. At that time she will return to her first love, which is teaching, as Professor of the History of Christianity at VST. Everyone associated with VST is very pleased that we will have the fulltime benefit of Wendy’s scholarship, teaching skills and her gift for friendship.
In 2000 Wendy came to VST from Huron College, the University of Western Ontario, to serve as Dean of the school. In 2005, she took on the additional duties of Principal. During her time as Principal, Wendy not only fulfilled the normal duties of a head of college, but made many necessary and difficult decisions which have preserved the school and made a healthy future possible. She now believes that it is time to lay down the burden of leadership and to allow someone else to guide the school through the next steps of its journey into that future.
Perhaps the last word should belong to Wendy herself:
“This labour of love we have been engaged in together has been a very bittersweet journey, complicated, challenged and oftentimes grace-filled. Praise God who held us at all times and in all things. Meister Eckhart often stressed that if the only prayer we ever offered was “Thank you,” it would be enough. With gratitude I offer thanks.”
The Board now says “Thank you” to Wendy for her years of devoted service to VST and, above all, to God for Wendy’s ministry among us.
Dr. Heather Clarke, Chair of the Board of Governors of VST
APPRECIATION FOR DR. WENDY FLETCHER
The Very Rev. Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Vancouver, and Chancellor of the Vancouver School of Theology:
Wendy’s legacy as Principal and Dean will be measured in the increases in student enrollment, qualified graduates taking leadership in the Church, the establishment and support of significant centres of study, and VST’s willingness to engage the critical questions our Churches must be asking today. Thankfully Wendy will continue to provide academic leadership at VST as a member of Faculty.
Moses McKay, Nisga’a Hereditary Chief, Eagle Tribe, Member, ISC Steering Committee, Vice President, Centre for Indian Scholars:
I have always been impressed with the tremendous effort and work that Wendy did towards helping the Indigenous students complete whatever program or course they began. Wendy has ensured a lasting place for First Nations students at VST.
Dr. Kenneth Carty, Professor Emeritus, UBC, former chair of the Board of Governors of VST, 2001-06, appointed by The United Church of Canada:
When Wendy Fletcher was inaugurated as Principal I said the Board had sought someone ”whose commitment would inspire us, whose energy would enliven us, whose faith would encourage us, whose scholarship would challenge us, and whose leadership would call us.” In all this, and more, Wendy Fletcher has exceeded our hopes. She has personified the best of VST. As she returns to a full-time faculty role we celebrate her leadership and all that she has brought to the School.
Mr. David Jennings, Convener of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall, a College of The Presbyterian Church in Canada associated with VST:
Wendy’s leadership and vision meant the difference between a school with a past and a school with a wonderful future. We at St. Andrew’s Hall will miss Wendy terribly, but know that she instilled a standard of leadership that will benefit the next Principal in the years to come.
The Board of VST has taken steps to establish a search committee to seek a new Principal. For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Farris, Acting Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
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