Board of Directors Hold Semi-Annual Meeting
On May 21, prior to the graduation ceremony, the Board of Directors met in the St. Nersess Library for their semi-annual meeting. The meeting was presided over by the new primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan who is now the President of the Board. The board reviewed the seminary finances for the fiscal year ending May 31 and held elections for new officers. Dn. Adam Bullock, who graduated that evening, presented to the Board about his time at the seminary. In his report, the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, announced that two new Master of Divinity students from the Western Diocese will start in September. Two new special full-time students and three part-time distance learners will also join the student body this Fall. He reviewed the upcoming youth summer programs, which will include the High School Summer Conference, Deacons’ Training Program, and a new Youth Choir Workshop fully funded by the Yn. Diane Chevian Memorial Fund. Postponed from the summer of 2020, a Deacons’ Training Program in Jerusalem will take place the first two weeks in August led by the Der Mardiros. Der Mardiros reviewed the series of lectures and workshops offered to students and the public during the academic year, as well as the parish visits and retreats he led during the year. He stated that more and more laypeople and clergy are taking advantage of the seminary’s remote learning resources. Fundraising & Marketing Director, Donna Sirounian, briefly updated everyone on the latest development and marketing initiatives and the launch of the new website, www.stnersess.edu. The Board will meet again in the Fall.