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The Questions for Leadership page is a forum where members of the Montreat community are encouraged to ask questions of the college leadership. Questions can be submitted anonymously through the form below, and we will post a response as quickly as possible. We may not respond to all questions submitted. However, we are committed to providing responses that help us meet our goal of communicating effectively with all Montreat College audiences.

 

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Past Questions/Responses

Question: “Is it true that the number of Montreat College Board of Trustees members who are required to be active members of PC(USA) churches was recently changed? If so, was the appropriate number of PC(USA) trustees on the board when that change was made?”

-submitted by an alum

Response: “According to a 1993 amendment to Montreat College’s Articles of Incorporation, a majority of board members were required to be active members of the PC(USA) church. However, in the last few years, the churches attended by a number of board members chose to leave the PC(USA) denomination–including Montreat’s own Montreat Presbyterian Church, which left the PC(USA) denomination for the EPC in 2013 and changed its name to Christ Community Church. Rather than force the board members who attended these churches to change churches or resign in order to maintain the ratio of PC(USA) members specified in the Articles, the board determined that the best way to address this situation was to eliminate the 1993 amendment which requirement that a majority of board members be active PC(USA) members, and this was accomplished by a vote of the board in February of this year.

Montreat College’s agreement with the Mountain Retreat Association (MRA) has long stipulated that members of any particular non-PC(USA) denomination may not comprise a majority of the Montreat College board, but it does not require a majority (or any specific number) of board members to be PC(USA) members. And the board continues to maintain compliance with the college’s agreement with the MRA.”

- updated 7/15/2014

 

Question: “Is Montreat’s current Presidential Search being conducted in accordance with the college’s bylaws?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Yes. The Presidential Search Committee was approved and chartered by the Board of Trustees at its March 2014 meeting. At that meeting, the search committee was asked to make a formal recommendation of a candidate to the board for election, and it has been working towards that goal ever since. The Presidential Search Committee is comprised of 11 board, faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives, and consists of a majority of board members, as required by the bylaws. The board also engaged CarterBaldwin, an executive search firm in Atlanta, Ga, to assist with the search.”

- posted 6/18/2014

 

Question:  “Is it true that the Montreat College’s Board of Trustees voted to pursue merger and that—even though the board voted in favor of Montreat College continuing on as an independent institution on March 1, 2014—this earlier resolution to pursue merger remains binding, meaning that the board is now able to pursue merger without having to pass another resolution?”

- submitted by an alum

Response:  “No. The Board of Trustees has not ‘voted to pursue merger,’ generally. As part of its responsibility to determine the best course forward for the college’s future, it is appropriate for the board to consider any partnership opportunity presented to it, and to pursue any such opportunity that might support or enhance the college’s Christ-centered educational mission. To this end, the board voted in July of 2013 to pursue the possibility of a merger with Point University, but that possibility was ended in February 2014 by a vote of the Point board and the Montreat board’s subsequent vote to continue on as an independent institution. The pursuit of any other specific partnership opportunity would require the Montreat board to pass a resolution to that effect, and there is no currently binding resolution regarding merger with another school.”

- posted 6/18/2014

 

Question: “What is being done about the mold and mildew issues in the Davis dorm?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Davis has had problems in the past with the electric pumps that move the condensation from AC units. While the situation has improved, the college continues to work on keeping the rooms dry, which is the primary mold abatement solution. To this end, all of the college’s ongoing campus-wide improvement projects include conscientious moisture reduction efforts.”

- posted 6/9/2014

 

Question: “What is the relationship of Montreat College to the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Montreat College is an independent, self-governing college, related to the Presbyterian Church by history, location, and long-standing relationships with the Mountain Retreat Association and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities. The college seeks to honor Jesus Christ and our Presbyterian and reformed heritage while remaining uninvolved in denominational politics and administration and welcoming students without regard to religious affiliation.

The above denominational statement appears on Montreat College’s website here: http://www.montreat.edu/about-us/fast-facts.

In addition, Montreat College is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities, which has a renewable covenant with the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The APCU’s covenant with the PC(USA) can be read here: http://www.presbyteriancolleges.org/apcu-covenant.pdf.”

- updated 6/5/2014

 

Question: “What is the relationship of Montreat College to the Montreat Conference Center?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Montreat College and the Mountain Retreat Association became two separate organizations in 1974. The Montreat Conference Center, however, remains under the management of the Mountain Retreat Association. Montreat College and the Montreat Conference Center continue to work together for different purposes, particularly for facility use. For example, Montreat College uses Anderson Auditorium for special events, such as Commencement and Opening Convocation. And the Conference Center uses some of Montreat College’s residence halls for housing in the summer months. Both institutions use the Huckleberry Café in the Moore Center; the college leases that space from the Conference Center.”

- posted 6/3/2014

 

Question: “What is the relationship of Montreat College to the township of Montreat?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Montreat College is a non-profit organization within the town of Montreat. Montreat College’s campus police officers work together with the town of Montreat’s police department. Also, the town and college work together on various projects. For example, last year an Outdoor Education class received a grant from the town to build a bridge connecting two roads in the town of Montreat. In addition, each year Montreat College students serve the town through the school’s annual Community Day, helping with trash pick up, landscaping, and maintenance. A college representative attends the town of Montreat’s monthly Town Hall meetings to share about the latest news and events at the college, speak into town affairs as necessary, and answer any questions on behalf of the college.”

- posted 6/3/2014

 

Question: “What is the ‘All IN’ initiative exactly?”

- submitted by a staff member

Response: “As Montreat College nears its 100th anniversary, the school desires to continue challenging students to live in vital relationship with Jesus Christ while preparing them for all aspects of life through a Christ-centered education. To that end, All IN is an initiative to begin an exciting and bold new chapter in the school’s history, combining the ongoing work of the college with specific, forward-looking plans to move Montreat into its next 100 years. The All IN initiative includes a Presidential Search to find a hire the next president of Montreat College, numerous renovation and improvement projects, the commissioning of 12 “Work Groups” devoted to vital tasks ranging from Enrollment Development to Facility Review & Enhancement, and a fundraising initiative to raise $8 million by March 2015—$6 million of which has already been pledged by an incredibly generous anonymous donor.

News and details about the All IN initiative are available at Montreat College’s official All IN website: http://all-in-montreat.com.”

- posted 5/23/2014

 

Question: “Have the Montreat College bylaws changed in regards to the relationship between the Alumni Board president and the Board of Trustees?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “Yes. The Montreat College Board of Trustees voted at their April 2014 meeting to restructure the role of the Alumni Board president in relation to the Board of Trustees.

It is the board’s desire to create a situation where the Alumni Board president can best represent the interests of the alumni to the board, and it had become abundantly clear over the past several years that having the Alumni Board president as a member of the Board of Trustees had created an inherent conflict of interest, essentially forcing the Alumni Board president to choose between the interests of the Board of Trustees and the alumni. Under the revised bylaws, the Alumni Board president is invited to be the alumni representative to non-executive sessions of Board of Trustees meetings (an identical position to that currently held by the chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, the chair of the Employee Relations Committee, and the president of the Student Government Association), but will no longer serve as a voting member of the Board of Trustees. This structure will allow the Alumni Board president to advocate the interests of the alumni directly and passionately, without having obligation to the Board of Trustees itself.”

- posted 5/23/2014

 

Question: “How can alumni join the Board of Trustees?”

- submitted by an alum

Response: “There are currently more alumni on the Board of Trustees than at any other time in Montreat’s history (including the incoming chairman of the board), and the board continues to encourage the Alumni Association to nominate potential candidates to sit on the board. Alumni should submit nominations to the Alumni Board president, Willie Mangum, at wrmangum@gmail.com. All alumni nominees will be considered by the Committee on Trustees, the board committee that reviews and selects trustee nominees. The Committee on Trustees will then present selected candidates to the entire Board of Trustees for approval.”

- posted 5/23/2014

 

Question: “What are the priorities for campus renovations and new construction?”

- submitted by a staff member

Response: “The first priority is the renovation of Anderson Hall, which is already underway. Phase 1 of a major renovation began on May 12 and will conclude August 1. Phase 2 is planned for the summer of 2015. The $2 million project is made possible by generous gifts to the All IN initiative and will include the following improvements:

  • New windows
  • New flooring, including oak laminate floors, tile around elevators, hallway carpet, and resealed shower floors
  • Upgraded fire alarm and sprinkler system
  • Freshly painted rooms, hallways, and stairways
  • New bathroom fixtures and lighting, as well as new vanities in the rooms
  • New and improved roof exhaust fans

The next project on the list is currently the renovation of Howerton Hall, but the order of future projects will depend on the new president’s priorities, as well.”

- posted 5/23/2014

 

Question: “Is Montreat still actively pursuing a merger with other schools?”

- submitted by a staff member

Response: “No. The Board of Trustees voted in favor of Montreat College continuing on as an independent institution on March 1, 2014. In the months leading up to that vote, difficult financial realities had necessitated that the board explore and eventually pursue the possibility of merging with another school. But the unprecedented $6 million gift commitment and comprehensive All IN initiative announced by the college on March 1 enabled the board to vote in affirmation of an independent future for Montreat College, which had always been the current board’s strong preference, provided that it was financially sustainable.

In the time since March 1, the All IN initiative has already made great strides: launching a Presidential Search that seeks to have a new college president in place this summer, creating 12 specialized Work Groups which are working diligently to create a sustainable future for Montreat College, and beginning work on a long list of campus improvement projects—starting with the renovation of Anderson Hall. All of these developments have nurtured the board’s belief that God is not done with Montreat College as an independent institution, and the board is confident that Montreat has a bright future ahead of it.”

- posted 5/23/2014