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Good News from Gutenberg!

Chris SwansonPretty exciting and important news arriving at Gutenberg. See the note below for the latest from Chris Swanson, Chairman of the Transition Committee and the new President of Gutenberg College.

 

Dear Friends of Gutenberg College,

I’m writing with very good news. Actually, two pieces of good news.

In March, Gutenberg’s board invited faculty members to reconstitute leadership at the college. I gathered a group of faculty, staff, and friends to form a Transition Committee. We had several tasks to accomplish, but the primary goal was to raise $150,000 by August 31, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year.

The Transition Committee was hopeful, but $150,000 was a lot of money to raise in a short amount of time. Yet, for the board to hand off leadership, the Transition Committee needed to find a way. We began contacting supporters. We told them about the transition. We asked advice. We invited them to join the Gutenberg transition. One of those contacts was with a donor named Frank Batten. During our phone call, Frank expressed a willingness to offer a substantial gift toward the transition. In May, Tim McIntosh and I flew to meet him in Virginia. We sat in Frank’s office and described our situation. After this chat, Frank said he wanted to support the transition. The Aimee and Frank Batten, Jr., Foundation contributed $50,000 plus an additional $50,000 as a matching donation. In other words, if Gutenberg can match the foundation’s matching donation, we will have hit our goal of $150,000.

We are overjoyed.

Since receiving word of this donation, Gutenberg supporters have already pledged $26,000. Thus, only $24,000 remains for the college to reach its goal of $150,000. The financial support we received during the past month accelerated our momentum. The transition is occurring more rapidly than we dared hope.

Here’s a second piece of big news: Because of our progress, Gutenberg’s board has agreed to begin transferring leadership to the Transition Committee. This means that the members of the Transition Committee have accepted responsibility for the leadership and operations of Gutenberg College. The next chapter in Gutenberg’s story is happening.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to invigorate an institution that has changed so many lives. And we’re thankful that, during this process, the outgoing board has demonstrated dedication and integrity toward the transition. Changeovers like this can easily be stymied, but we’ve received plenty of grace and support.

More hard work lies before us this summer. Here’s what we hope to accomplish before welcoming our next class of freshmen:

  • Deepen engagement with alumni, friends, and supporters.
  • Raise the outstanding $24,000 to complete our $150,000 fundraising goal by August 31, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year. The match applies to gifts received by the end of August that are in addition to regular monthly giving to the college. We are seeking 100 Donors to meet our goal. If you’d like to be one of our 100 Donors, the easiest path is through the Donate Online button. You may also contact the college.
  • Enlarge our incoming class. We’re aiming for six to ten freshman next year.
  • Seat a new board, a new president, and new office-holders.
  • Bolster our faculty roster with teachers who are dedicated to the biblical faith and to helping people pursue the deepest questions of human existence.
  • Host Summer Institute on August 4–6.

We owe many of you deep thanks. We’ve solicited your prayers, encouragement, donations, and labor—and you’ve responded. Thank you. Now, onward!

Sincerely yours,
Chris Swanson

P.S. We hope to see you at the Summer Institute in August.

 

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