June 26, 2012
To: The Moravian Community
From: Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth, Board Chair
By now, most of you have read Dr. Thomforde’s announcement letter. It is with regret that the board accepts his desire to retire from MORAVIAN (and the field of higher education) at the end of the coming academic year.
President Thomforde has served MORAVIAN well. His commitment to our mission and purpose has been steadfast. Our ability to maintain a fiscally sound institution, while providing increasing opportunities and facilities for our students, outpaces many similar institutions. Chris was able to foresee the need to adapt to ever changing needs of students—undergraduate, graduate, Seminary—and effectively lead our institution through troubled times. Additionally, Chris has effectively managed significant transitions on the senior leadership team. Truly, we have much for which to be grateful; and Chris’s leadership is high among those things.
That said, there is one year left under his leadership. It will be a year of action. It will be a year that requires focus, thoughtfulness, toughness and a continued need, on the part of everyone in the community, to adapt to change. The board of trustees is committed to help ensure that we make significant progress toward several goals that have been explicitly laid out: the renovation of the Collier Hall of Science, cost effectiveness, a unified administrative structure, enrollment stability, development enhancement and Seminary curriculum revision. While we are working on achieving these important goals, we also look forward to celebrating the Thomforde’s significant imprint on MORAVIAN.
We add one new task to our plate – that of launching a search for a new President. I do not have all the details on that worked out yet. I do know that the Rev. David Bennett, chair of the Seminary Board and former College and Seminary Chaplain, will chair the search committee. We will have representation from trustees, staff, faculty and students on the committee. I will provide details during the coming weeks as Rev. Bennett, Chair-elect Rampolla and I finalize the plans.
I leave you with two very specific messages. First, we will continue to assure that MORAVIAN remains fiscally and pedagogically sound while we go through this transition period. Second, this year will offer both challenge and opportunity; and, working together, we will emerge stronger than ever in the coming years thanks to each of you who will serve well. You have my commitment, and that of the board, to make the coming years stellar ones for our Institution. Thank you, in advance, for your help.