End of an age
President announces resignation
On February 22, 2013, it was announced that Jonathan Raymond would be resigning as Trinity Western University’s President after serving the University for seven years. President Raymond and the Board of Governors announced that his resignation will follow a battle with personal health issues. He will be departing his position at TWU on June 30, 2013, leaving behind an impressive legacy of Christ-centered service and leadership.
Dr. Jonathan Raymond took on the role of President of Trinity Western University in 2006 after a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors. He replaced Dr. Neil Snider, who had served the University for 32 years and left behind an impressive legacy and big shoes to fill. But from the outset, Raymond began expanding the University’s mission and scope.
He saw the expansion of the university with the opening of the Bellingham campus in 2007, and the moving from the David E. Enarson Gym to the Langley Events Centre for Spartan volleyball, basketball, and hockey home games. He instigated the introduction of the School of Arts, Media, and Culture in 2010 and the expansion of the Neufeld Science Centre in 2011. This past year, his coordination of the University’s 50th Anniversary Celebration was extremely successful. A number of his initiatives have still not seen completion, including the campus expansion plan and construction of TWU’s new chapel; the spirit of his vision for TWU remains in full force.
However, President Raymond was never satisfied with simply expanding the campus. Raymond also ensured that the content of academics and education at TWU elevated to a prestigious level. TWU has received an A+ for Quality of Education from the Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report for seven years in a row, one for every year Raymond has served as President. No other Canadian university has achieved this honour.
President Raymond will still serve the University as President Emeritus, which will include acting as an ambassador and spiritual support for the campus. It is with great admiration and joy that we celebrate President Raymond’s contributions to TWU and pray for him in his next stage of life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with President Raymond, his wife Irene, and his sons Micah and Aaron, for the coming future.
The search process for a new president will begin immediately. The Board of Governors is currently searching for a firm to take point in the selection process and once finalized, they will develop a more detailed process and timeline.
The Board is also currently discussing whether or not to elect an Interim President, but this will be dependent on how long they expect the search process to take. Jeremy Funk, of The Board, has stated, “Our current governance structure does provide for ‘Emergency Interim President Succession,’ should the President not be able to fulfill his responsibilities,” which would include at least two qualified executives taking over his responsibilities.
Mars’ Hill hopes to provide a full interview with Dr. Raymond next issue.