Campus Aerial for Horizons Winter 2017 issue


 

A PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

John Ashenhurst


"She has established a resume that speaks of authenticity, integrity and passion. Dr. Draves is a great match for the values of Graceland and the Communtiy of Christ."

The most important decision the Board of Trustees makes is the selection of a new president.

We were very fortunate 10 years ago when Dr. John Sellars submitted his application. He led Graceland through
a decade of challenging times when we depended upon his fundraising skills and financial acumen. He was also instrumental in pulling together a leadership team that is working effectively throughout the university. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself, I extend our gratitude to John for 10 years of devoted service as our president. Dr. Sellars is admired for his passion and commitment to Graceland, now and to its future.

We now turn our eyes to the future and extend a welcome to Dr. Pat Draves, Graceland’s 18th president. She brings critical experience working with students. She understands what shared governance with the faculty means. She has established a resume that speaks of

authenticity, integrity and passion. Dr. Draves is a great match for the values of Graceland and the Community of Christ. Pat and her husband, Jeff, are excited about joining the Graceland community, and we are excited to have them.

The Board is working on insuring a successful transition with Graceland’s multiple communities: students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, donors and Community of Christ. Planning is taking place to clarify the expectations and responsibilities we have for a new president and how we can help accomplish them. We will begin with a dialogue between the Board and the new president and expand to all constituencies that will provide the basis for goals for both the transition and long term.

I am confident that Dr. Draves has the experience, skills and commitment to lead Graceland into a successful future, and we stand ready to do everything we can to assist her in that worthy goal.

Ashenhurst Signature for Horizons Winter 2017 issue
Dr. Harry J. Ashenhurst,
Chairman, Graceland University Board of Trustees