Members of the Atlantic Union College (AUC) Strategic Planning Committee, conference presidents and their representatives, officers of the Atlantic Union Conference, as well as key individuals from the North American Division met together in a two-day strategic planning retreat (September 27, 28) in Devens, Massachusetts, to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the direction of the “new” Atlantic Union College going forward.
The sessions, facilitated by Frederick Russell, strategic consultant, and Gina Brown, AUC academic consultant, were used to examine the next steps in moving the college ahead. The retreat group also sought to explore measurable outcomes and planning that would be used to propel the college toward the next five years of restarting, along with appropriate growth and development.
Members of the committee were excited and looked at such initiatives as planning for new degree offerings, as well as the types of individuals who are needed at the college to carry the mission and vision forward. The focal point of the session was to ensure that Seventh-day Adventist education is preserved and that the second coming of Jesus as well as all biblical aspects of Adventist education are foundational to every new plan for the college’s vision and mission.
The session ended on Sunday, September 29, on the campus of the college, with a full-day constituency meeting of Atlantic Union College delegates from all parts of the Atlantic Union territory. At the meeting, a new vision for the college was cast by the officers of both the union and the college. Based on the newly-granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees in theology/religion and biology/health science by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE), the constituency delegates voted to amend the bylaws in congruence with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education requirements.
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