Board of Trustees Meeting
The board of trustees held its annual fall retreat Oct. 5-7. It was President Crawford’s first meeting with the full board since he began his service to Puget Sound in July, and my first in the role of board chair. In that capacity, I write to you today to provide an overview of discussions and action items that emerged during a very productive series of meetings.
In addition to our business meeting, it is customary for the trustees to participate in a workshop on a strategic area of importance for Puget Sound. This fall we sought to strengthen our understanding of the Puget Sound student experience to better inform decisions the board will make in the coming months, including the February 2017 approval of the university’s annual budget.
In our workshop we heard from Academic Vice President Kris Bartanen and Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Segawa; Director of Institutional Research Ellen Peters; and a panel of students and faculty members, including ASUPS President Noah Lumbantobing ’17 and Faculty Senate Chair Alisa Kessel. Our conversation focused on a better understanding of who Puget Sound’s students are and how we best ensure a campus climate and culture that reflects the values of the university. Topics included how we continue to foster diversity, inclusion, and social justice; effectively supporting each of our academically strong and uniquely talented students; and supporting the campus in creating broader student engagement with high-impact educational experiences, such as undergraduate research, community-based learning, and internships.
On behalf of the trustees, I’d like to thank all participants for a thoughtful, enlightening, and engaging discussion. As I shared at the meeting, this was not the type of workshop where we can say that we are “done” and move on. The student experience and how it relates to the climate and culture of the university involves everyone at Puget Sound, and is part of our responsibility as trustees.
In our business meeting we heard reports on academic and student affairs, development and alumni relations, and finance and facilities.
This is an exciting and important time at Puget Sound. We are fully engaged in the issues that affect the campus community, the challenges faced by liberal arts colleges, and the opportunities before us as we work with President Crawford and others toward a comprehensive strategic planning process. Along with my fellow trustees, it has been an honor to introduce President Crawford to alumni; friends; local business, political, and nonprofit leaders; and other friends of this great college.
Additional information about the work of the board, including board membership, faculty and student representatives, organizational structure, and upcoming meetings, is available on this website.
Robert Pohlad P’07
Chair, Puget Sound Board of Trustees