President Rector’s Annual Town Hall Set for March 20 at 12 p.m.
Now in her fifth year as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, President Lallene J. Rector will hold her annual Town Hall for all constituents of the seminary, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 12 – 1 p.m. (CDT). This 60-minute live and interactive presentation will be available both by telephone and in an online audio forum, allowing students, faculty, staff, alums, trustees, and friends of the seminary to participate from anywhere in the world.
“In year’s past our annual Town Hall was held in January of each year,” said President Rector. “This year we intentionally pushed the Town Hall back to mid-March, after the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.”
Though the outcome of the 2019 General Conference was not anticipated by many within the seminary community, the seminary recognized the historical significance of the Special Session and anticipated that many would want to be in conversation. With the Traditional Plan passing at the Special Session and now with the Judicial Council (the denomination’s top court) meeting in Evanston on April 23-26, 2019, to determine the Traditional Plan’s constitutionality, President Rector will speak about the Special Session during the Town Hall and its potential impact on the church and the seminary.
In addition, President Rector will share the latest news of the seminary, including the re-accreditation of the seminary by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The seminary was re-accredited in February 2019 for 10 years by ATS, the maximum period for which accreditation can be granted.
In a news release about the ATS accreditation, dated March 8, 2019, President Rector remarked, “It was wonderful to feel institutionally recognized by our visiting team of ATS peers, both in terms of our strengths and in terms of the self-study that surfaced some areas for continued improvement. All in all, the visit was a very positive experience and constructively critical in the best sense of the term.”\
To maximize the 60-minutes and to answer as many questions as possible, participants this year can submit their question(s) ahead of time. “The great thing about the annual Town Hall is the ability for President Rector to speak directly with alums and friends located throughout the world,” said Shane Nichols, executive director of marketing and communications. "We also recognize that not everyone will have the option to speak directly with President Rector due to the time constraints.” Participants can submit their question(s) ahead of time on the seminary’s website.
To register for the 2019 Town Hall and to submit your question(s) for President Rector, go to Garrett.edu/TownHall.