B.H. Wright Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Following reaffirmation of accreditation in December, President Struble approached the Board of Trustees of Montreat College and indicated that the time is right for a transition in leadership. After much prayer and discussion and in consultation with the president, the Board has arrived at a transition plan. The Board is thankful to President Struble and Dr. Karen Struble for their long and faithful service—thousands of students and graduates have benefited from their efforts in their nine years at Montreat College.
Over his nine years of tenure, President Struble worked hard to recruit an effective team of leaders who moved the College forward across many fronts, from improving administrative processes to launching new locations. Under his leadership, Montreat College expanded the Montreat and Black Mountain campus properties, established the Team and Leadership Center and challenge course, increased adult programs from three to ten, and tripled fundraising. More than anything, President Struble strived to develop a culture of mutual respect, fostering a community of people who genuinely care for one another and serve one another in grace.
The Board has great confidence in the leadership team, staff, and faculty assembled by President Struble. This team’s energy, commitment to the Christ-centered mission of the College, and expertise in the many areas of College administration has been made apparent in the recent strides made by the College in developing, marketing, and implementing educational and co-curricular programs and locations in compliance with all government and accreditor requirements.
The Board has selected Mr. Joe Kirkland to serve as interim president from January 16, 2013 until President Struble’s successor is in place. Mr. Kirkland has served as vice president for institutional advancement for over five years, and has recently been promoted to senior vice president to lead a process determining how the College should best meet the changing demands of the future. The Board has pledged to support Mr. Kirkland in his efforts to provide leadership in all areas of the College, and in raising the financial support to assure the College’s success. The Executive Committee of the Board will work closely with Mr. Kirkland to provide both advice and support. We invite you to join with us in prayerful support of Mr. Kirkland and Montreat College.
The Board has established a committee to thank Drs. Dan and Karen Struble for their long and faithful service. Information will be made available regarding activities in this regard. This committee will be co-chaired by Mrs. Suzanne Sloan and Ms. Claire Efird.
Ms. Annie Carlson, director of communications and alumni relations, is the College’s point of contact should additional information be desired.
Please join with me and the Board in prayer and support of Drs. Dan and Karen Struble as they enter their next chapter of service.
B.H. Wright Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees