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The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

November 5, 2015

Dear friends,



In the spirit of Jesus the Christ, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to be a servant seminary responsive to the needs of the church and the world. To that end, I am pleased to present our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees on October 22, 2015.

The vision for this plan grew during my first year as president as I held numerous listening sessions with students, alums, faculty, administrators and staff persons, and trustees. In addition, I met with the North Central Jurisdiction bishops, with AME Zion leaders, and I accepted opportunities to serve on committees and boards for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. I have also reached out to the greater Evanston community and have established relationships with its leaders, including Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

We are sensitive to the changing landscape of theological education. These are exciting and challenging times that are truly historic in terms of the innovation necessary to respond to the shifting needs of the church and the world. All of our strategies require sustained attention to embody our call as a servant seminary to the church, the world, and the academy, to attract students, and to provide relevant and robust theological education in this century. We are ready to go!

Cordially,

Lallene J. Rector
President