Dear Members of the Campus Community,
The board of trustees recently concluded its fall meetings, during which we discussed key issues and opportunities for Puget Sound, with a particular emphasis on student success, enrollment, retention, and comprehensive campaign planning. We also heard in various meetings about the university’s ongoing response to COVID-19, including scenarios for the possible move to more in-person learning and student engagement in the spring semester. We welcomed several new and returning trustee members, ex officios, and policy representatives—including inaugural staff representatives; enjoyed meeting virtually with students, faculty and staff members; and discussed initiatives supporting the 10-year Leadership for a Changing World strategic plan.
Before relaying the highlights from this meeting, on behalf of my fellow trustees, I want to first acknowledge all the herculean efforts by faculty and staff to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for our students this semester and safe campus environment for all members of our campus community. We are keenly aware of the dedication and tireless efforts involved, and deeply appreciate the ongoing work involved by each and every person on the campus. We especially want to recognize the ways that faculty have evolved and adapted their teaching to maintain our hallmark engagement with students even in a virtual environment with support from technology services, and the commitment of staff in facilities, dining and conference services, residence life and student affairs, and campus health and wellness—among others—to assure our campus meets or exceeds all safety recommendations related to COVID-19. Thank you all. And we also want to acknowledge President Crawford and Cabinet members for their work as well, and the ways our students have also shown resilience and flexibility over the past seven months.
Welcome to New and Returning Trustees. The board is enriched each year by the generosity, expertise, and perspectives of new members. This fall we are happy to welcome returning trustee Mitzi Carletti ’78, Wealth Manager and Research Analyst at Badgley Phelps Investment Managers (Seattle, WA); and the following new trustees:
Business Meeting. In advance of the meeting, we read reports submitted by President Crawford and ex-officio representatives, including Faculty Senate Chair Robin Jacobson, ASUPS President Nicole Cariño ’21, Staff Senate Chair Emily Holloway, and Alumni Association President Ted Meriam ’05, who joined us throughout the week for our workshop and policy committee meetings. Trustees value hearing directly from students, faculty, staff, and alumni about their work, and we look forward to having the opportunity to meet informally and in person with members of the campus community in 2021.
Highlights of the business meeting include:
Finally, we attended to other duties of the board, including reports from the following board committees: academic and student affairs, development and alumni relations, finance and facilities, president’s advisory committee for campaign planning, and trusteeship. We also engaged in a workshop to discuss the comprehensive campaign planning schedule as part of our commitment to fully realize the objectives of Puget Sound’s strategic plan. More information about the work of the board is available at pugetsound.edu/trustees.
Please remember that our business meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and student members of the Puget Sound community. We were happy to have more than 65 members of the campus community join our virtual business meeting.
Community Engagement. During my time at Puget Sound as a parent of a student in the class of 2007, a trustee, and now chair of the board of trustees, I am consistently impressed by the passion and engagement of this community in preparing our students for success. Our students benefit from the university’s practice of soliciting recommendations from the faculty, ASUPS, staff, and alumni leadership to appoint individuals to advise board policy committees, strategic planning work groups, budget task forces, executive search committees, and more. I would especially like to recognize the following individuals for their engagement with the board of trustees this year, along with the dozens of staff members who support our work and serve as essential resources in preparing and executing our meetings.
In light of ongoing COVID-19 limitations and in order to assure that campus spaces are prioritized for academic use, the board will hold its February meeting virtually, concurrent with the meetings of the Alumni Council Executive Committee. We look forward to “seeing” you then and anticipate being in person with you next May.
Robert C. Pohlad P’07
Chair, Puget Sound Board of Trustees