Petition to the Faculty of Bethel Seminary to Submit a Vote of No Confidence in the Leadership of VP/Dean David Clark
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We, the undersigned students and alumni of Bethel Seminary, appeal to the authorized voting faculty of Bethel Seminary of St. Paul to submit a vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Vice President and Dean Dr. David Clark.
By his recent administrative decisions, resulting in the termination of two St. Paul faculty members, and his subsequent failure to communicate the decision effectively and truthfully to the student body, Dr. Clark has demonstrated to students his inability to faithfully fulfill the requirements of the Bethel Covenant For Life Together—the binding document of community membership and of relational, professional, and academic engagement.
By his own admission at the Open Forum to Bethel Seminary on November 5, 2013, Dr. Clark failed to incorporate the results of student evaluations of faculty taken at the conclusion of each quarter in the decision to eliminate Dr. Chris Armstrong and Dr. Thorsten Moritz. This oversight has communicated to the student body that Dr. Clark’s decision was made neither with the fullest deliberation, nor for the benefit of current or future students of Bethel Seminary. A leader of higher education that does not sincerely consider the views of the students he leads is consequently unfit to continue in his role of leadership.
We ask that you, faculty of Bethel Seminary of St. Paul, would stand with us and demand administrative accountability for Dr. Clark’s irresponsible behavior that has resulted in a Bethel community that is seized in paralysis and distrust. For the current and future spiritual, academic, and institutional health of Bethel Seminary, we appeal to the faculty to submit a vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Vice President and Dean Dr. David Clark.
Concerned students of Bethel Seminary St. Paul.