At their June meeting, the Seminaryâ€™s accrediting body â€“ the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) â€“ voted to extend the Seminaryâ€™s next accreditation visit by two years from Fall 2014 to Fall of 2016. Â
In their decision, the Board of Commissioners accepted the recommendations of an ATS Site Team that visited the Seminary in February of 2012. Â During their visit, the ATS Site Team found that significant institutional progress had been made in the past two years under the leadership of the Seminaryâ€™s Dean, Father Alexander Atty. The ATS Site Team commended Father Atty for having â€śled changesâ€ť in various aspects of institutional life and for having â€śvigorously addressed the schoolâ€™s needsâ€ť since his arrival as Dean. Â The Site Team commended Father Alexander for his leadership in upgrading the Seminaryâ€™s physical plant, for moving forward with married student housing, for fostering greater collaboration between various institutional constituencies, and for promoting a greater spirit of shared responsibility. The ATS site team also commended Seminaryâ€™s the Board of Trustees and Administration for making progress in areas of institutional governance, strategic planning, and institutional assessment. Â In their recommendations to the Commission, the ATS Site Team noted that an extension of the Seminaryâ€™s period of accreditation would appropriately serve as â€śan affirmation of the schoolâ€™s renewed sense of vitalityâ€ť. Â In accepting the recommendations of the Site Team the ATS Board of Commissioners said that it â€śacknowledge[d] the progress that has been made in the last two years and encourage[d] the Seminary to implement the changes it has identifiedâ€ť in making the Seminary more vibrant in the years to come.
In learning of the Commissionâ€™s decision, Father Atty wished to extend his sincere thanks to all those who worked diligently in making the ATS Site Team visit productive, and wished to especially acknowledge Dr. Paul Witek for all his professional contributions as institutional liaison to the ATS Board of Commissioners.