Annotated: Statement by the Board of Trustees of Weimar University
Note: In bold font are annotations by Adrian Zahid. We republished the Weimar University Board of Trustees statement here.
“In our just concluded three-day board meeting, there has been an extensive and prayerful review of concerns as well as affirmations from various sources, including students, parents, faculty, alums, and other constituents.”
AZ: The board hints to a review of “concerns as well as affirmations” from “various sources.” Did they call students, parents, faculty, alums, and other constituents into the meeting to hear directly from them? Did they read all the comments on this site and other platforms elsewhere? Or did they only hear directly from individuals who had access to their private phone numbers and emails?
“In recognition of our humanity and a great need for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the board sought wisdom through multiple periods of prayer and study of the inspired counsels. During the expression of many different opinions and candid discussions, the board is grateful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
AZ: This line sets the rest of the document as “guidance from the Holy Spirit.” How could anyone question the guidance since it is Divinely Infallible?
“Some issues were already being addressed, and changes were already in process by the administration as presented to the board.”
AZ: Was Pr. Don Mackintosh demoted? There was no statement of confidence in this document for his role and leadership.
“We also were led to make additional positive changes. We are excited about the trajectory of Weimar University for the future.”
AZ: The administration’s 3-Day charm offensive worked. However, with a reported loss of 40 students, I’m unclear about the reason for the board’s excitement here. Perhaps the trajectory is the future of Weimar U as a feeder school for Southern Adventist University.
“We want to affirm our confidence in Dr. Neil Nedley, President;”
AZ: The Main Reason we are reading this statement.
“We also affirm our confidence in Dr. Jesson Martin, our new VPAA, with the shared governance and communication structures he is implementing in the University.
The board spent time with the leadership of Weimar Academy, reviewing their needs. We are looking forward to the recently formed Academy Governance Committee providing guidance and policies on an ongoing basis.”
AZ: The new governance committee formation might be the beginning of the Academy being put under a separate corporation to mitigate cross-institution or system-wide liability risk. If undertaken, this would be a wise move.
“The board expresses their appreciation for the fine, dedicated students attending Weimar University and their families’ sacrifices.”
AZ: The sacrifices by parents and students have been profound and, in some cases, faith and life-altering. The board has weighed the cost of these sacrifices and has determined them to be the cost of doing business.
“We also believe that Weimar is served by excellent and committed faculty and staff, to whom we express our confidence and gratitude.”
AZ: Indeed. There are excellent professors and staff at Weimar U.; some have shared their deep concerns about the administration and the culture on campus on this website.
“Finally, we continue to be enthusiastic and supportive of the mission of Weimar University.”
AZ: The statement omitted any mention of the current lawsuit. It was a missed opportunity to reassure the students that Weimar University is where their physical safety is their highest priority and that the board cares about their spiritual well-being.
Without an objective analysis of the many issues raised in the lawsuit and resignation letters before and since the case became public knowledge, the board’s enthusiasm and support alone will not help the university’s mission succeed.
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