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President Search Committee
- Committee Chair: Greg Enas, Academy Trustee
- Bob Kramer, Academy Chairman
- Ann Holladay, Academy Trustee
- Jake Thomsen, Academy Alum Class of 2009
- Doug Wilson, Trinity Forum Senior Fellow and Trustee
Aug 19, 2013 A letter from Academy Chairman Bob Kramer Announcing the Academy's New Mission and Mission as well as the Presidential Search
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to update you regarding some exciting new developments at the Trinity Forum Academy as we get ready to welcome the Class of 2014. You are a valued member of our extended TFA family and I want to share with you our news as well as let you know about some key steps that the Academy will be taking over the next several months. God has blessed TFA in many ways over the past 12 years, and we find ourselves at an important juncture as we remain true to our calling and pray, plan and build for our future. I want to highlight three areas in particular so that you might continue to join with us in pursuit of our mission and seek God’s direction and power so that his blessing may continue.
First, as part of a strategic planning process, the TFA Board of Trustees has spent considerable time over the past year listening to our constituency and stakeholders, especially our 136 alumni, regarding our mission. To that end, we have incorporated what we have heard and learned into a revised Vision and Mission statement that better communicates who we are and what we are called to do. As you look at our new statement, which I include below, you will note that the substance or ethos of who we are and what we do has not changed. What has changed is the language that more clearly defines and articulates the distinctive role and calling of the Academy such that we can better engage people in our work. The newly adopted Vision and Mission of the Trinity Forum Academy are:
Trinity Forum Academy envisions a growing network of mature followers of Christ who together advance the common good through the transforming power of the gospel, bringing biblical wisdom, vocational acumen, and enriching community to bear on the most pressing challenges and opportunities of our generation.
Trinity Forum Academy prepares rising leaders to live their entire lives in faithful response to God’s call and to engage creatively the world of today.
We accomplish our mission by providing exclusive time, space, and community for:
- Spiritual discernment and formation, in-depth research, and personal mentoring
- Training in a biblically faithful, theologically rich, intellectually robust, and fully integrated vision for Christian thought and life
- Expanding understanding of and affection for the people, networks, cities, ideas, innovations, and institutions that shape modern life and culture
- Honing a critical voice and creative vision to effectively influence particular areas of individual calling
- Connecting graduates to a wider network of faithful Christian leaders and preparing them to equip others to pursue a shared vision.
Secondly, we have recently completed our first-ever Capital Campaign that we initiated in the spring of 2012. I am thrilled and humbled to announce that we raised over $900,000 in gifts or pledges to be fulfilled over the next two years. This is far and away the most successful fundraising campaign in terms of number of donors, number of new donors, number of large gifts, and total dollars committed in the history of the Academy. The Academy has been most fortunate to have Katie Roland Allen (’03), serving as a development consultant and guiding us through this campaign.
Though the success of the campaign does not ensure the financial future of the Academy, it does provide an essential foundation for us to pursue the growth and impact we believe God desires for TFA over the coming years. The campaign funds represent the investment we need to continue to build a solid foundation for the long-term growth and success of the Academy in meeting our Vision and Mission goals. There will be many more dollars to raise, but the success of this first-ever Capital Campaign is a huge step forward for the Academy. Thanks to each of you for your participation, your prayers, and your sacrificial giving that have made this campaign such a success.
Thirdly, with the Board mandate and commitments noted above, the Board is looking to the future in terms of how the Academy can position itself to deliver on the Vision and Mission. Grady Powell has done an outstanding job as our Executive Director over the past four years, and we owe a large measure of our current success to his leadership and efforts. I am pleased to share that Grady and his team, including TFA alum Beth Chapman (’03), have recruited an outstanding group of Fellows for the Class of 2014 who will be arriving later this month. In addition, he has added several new staff members to succeed Mike Phillip (’11), who is leaving after two years to devote full time to his technology start-up company, and Elizabeth Leroy (’10), who is leaving to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago. In addition, Grady has retained our superior senior faculty, including Dan Claire and Matthew Mason from the pastoral leadership team of Church of the Resurrection in Washington, DC, who worked so effectively with our Fellows last year.
As we look beyond this next year, Grady and the Board have come to agreement that TFA needs a new leader for the next stage of TFA's growth. This new leadership role will be expanded from the previous executive director’s role. As a result, the Board of Trustees has voted to initiate a search process for an individual to fill the new role of President of TFA. Grady will be stepping down as Executive Director with the completion of this coming academic year and will be pursuing graduate study and further preparation for his life's calling.
The Board has asked trustee Greg Enas, PhD, Senior Advisor with FBD Consulting, to serve as chairman of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC). Serving with Greg will be trustees Ann Holladay and me, along with TFA alumnus and former staff member Jake Thomsen (’09), and Trinity Forum Trustee and Senior Fellow Doug Wilson. The Board desires to publically announce our new President in the first quarter of 2014. To that end we will be beginning our search process immediately, including posting a presidential prospectus on our website and disseminating as widely as possible the job description in order to have a broad pool of potential applicants. Greg will be sharing with you later this month a copy of the prospectus for our presidential search. We hope that you will use that in identification and nomination of potential candidates.
As a Board, we are excited, together with Grady, as we take this next step in the growth of the Academy. We need your prayers — prayers for Grady and Sarah, his new staff, our faculty and the new class of Fellows for the coming year, for Greg and the Presidential Search Committee and the search process, and prayers for the Board and all involved in the Academy that we would continue to be faithful to the Lord and to his purposes for the Academy in all that we do and say. Rejoice with us as we celebrate the wonderful ways in which God has answered our prayers for the Academy and join with us as we pray for the next steps. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts in response to this letter; I treasure our relationship as we serve God together through TFA.
In Christ’s service,
Chairman, Trinity Forum Academy