The Montreat College board of trustees announced the official launch of “All IN,” a new, one year, $8 million initiative, on March 1, 2014. At an afternoon faculty and staff meeting, Montreat College Board Chairman Barney Wright announced the initiative and that the college has already received $6.4 million in gifts and pledges by friends of the college.
The announcement outlined ambitious plans to revitalize the future of Montreat College as an independent, Christ-centered higher education institution with residential, adult and graduate, and online programs. The initiative will focus on immediately launching a presidential search, addressing initial facility renovation needs, adding to the student scholarship fund, paying down debt, and researching and funding new program offerings.
“Since its founding in 1916, Montreat has been transforming student lives by delivering on the promise of Christ-centered education,” remarked Chairman Wright. “Through the years, our commitment to the college’s mission has remained steadfast. This initiative will transform the college and solidify its position as one of the most distinctive Christian higher educational experiences in the Southeast. The last several years have been challenging. We have explored multiple ways to continue the heritage of Montreat College. After evaluating all of those options, the board of trustees has sensed that God is not finished with Montreat College as an independent institution, and we believe Montreat has a bright future ahead of it.”
The “All IN” steering committee will be named in the coming weeks. This steering committee will provide strategic direction for 11 work group committees who will work to develop initiatives for the coming years. The work group committees will be made up of faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members.
Speaking for the faculty, Kevin Auman, chair of the faculty executive committee said, “The board has committed to put in place specific structural changes and initiatives to address our concerns about the need for clear and timely communication with students, staff, alumni and faculty. Most importantly, faculty members were brought into the process as these initiatives were developed. Operating in good faith, the board has earned our confidence and support for the All IN initiative.”