The ILT Board of Directors met from Thursday evening, February 8, to noon on Saturday, February 10, 2018. This meeting was the regular Winter meeting of the Board of Directors. There were many items on the agenda for this meeting. Most of these items dealt with issues related to the visit of the accreditation team from the fall. Specifically, the board was asked to create a clear definition of the role and authority of the faculty as well as change its meeting schedule to insure full participation in financial decisions by the board.
The Board of Directors has changed its schedule and will now meet three times a year. It will meet in the Fall to review the financial audit, review the institutional and academic assessment report, and approve graduates for the December graduation date. It will meet in the Winter to discuss the Strategic Plan and approve graduates for the May graduation date. It will meet in the Summer to approve a budget for the coming year and to approve graduates for the June graduation date.
The purpose of this meeting schedule is to help ILT have a clear planning process. ILT is on a fiscal year which begins in July and ends in June. The first meeting is a review of the previous year. The second meeting is to plan for the coming year in preparation for creating a budget. The third meeting is then to set the budget for the coming year. This process will provide clarity in planning and help keep ILT moving forward with stability.
The board also added a definition of the faculty’s role and authority to the bylaws. With this addition ILT officially has two faculties. The Graduate Faculty consists of seven faculty members serving the graduate school providing graduate courses for the masters and doctorate programs. The Certificate Faculty consists of four faculty members serving the certificate school providing courses to the certificate students (these are taught at an undergraduate level).
Finally, the board received and approved the Strategic Plan from the administration, staff, and faculty. In this plan, President Bielfeldt outlined a vision for the future of ILT which includes expanding ILT’s reach. ILT will reach out to more people with more programs to increase the student body. This will give ILT a larger footprint in the Christian world as well as greater stability and sustainability.
We give thanks to God for all the members of the ILT board. The board is made up of pastors, church leaders, and business and professional practitioners who have a Christian heart and are concerned about the future of Lutheranism. The ILT Board Members are Eugene Bunkoske (Board Chair), Fred Baltz (Vice Chair), Phil Wold (Treasure), Debra Hesse (Secretary), John Bent, Janine Rew-Werling, Ed Skutshek, and John Stieglemeier.