I write today to share an update on the church-relatedness discussion.
At today’s faculty meeting, Associate Professor of Psychology Scott Tonidandel, who is the faculty representative on the Alumni Association Board, read an Alumni Board statement on the presidential bylaw into the faculty meeting minutes. It states:
The Board of the Alumni Association believes that every alumnus/a of Davidson College and every other candidate should be eligible to be considered for the position of president of the college without regard to religious affiliation. Further, the Board believes that at those moments in time when future Davidson presidents are chosen, the best person to lead the institution may not always be found within a single religious denomination or affiliation. To the extent the governing documents of Davidson College are inconsistent with these beliefs, they should be modified.
Also at the faculty meeting, Professor Doug Ottati, the Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice, proposed a resolution, which the faculty adopted by majority vote. After the resolution was proposed, he shared a statement, which is posted here. The resolution states:
The faculty of Davidson College expresses its disappointment with the Board of Trustees’ decision to continue to exclude people from full participation in the life of the college because of religious affiliation. The faculty of Davidson College would like to express its solidarity with members of the board who continue to support equality.
The Board of Trustees welcomes feedback from the Davidson community and appreciates the thoughtful and respectful process that both the faculty and the Alumni Association Board followed to create them. In addition, we encourage students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff to share their opinions at talk.davidson.edu.
Mackey McDonald ’68
Chair, Board of Trustees