A Letter to the Simpson University Board of Trustees

Kristin Caynor
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Dear Board of Trustees,

We the undersigned are contacting you in order to inform you of our concerns as members of the Simpson University community. We are bringing our concerns to your attention because we believe that it is your responsibility as the Board of Trustees to hold our university accountable to its stated policies, vision, values, and mission. Simpson University identifies itself as “a Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith, and character” and we feel that it is our responsibility to inform the Board of Trustees that we are not convinced that this ideal is being upheld fully within our community.

As our university enters into a stage of transition this summer, we are asking that the Board of Trustees take the time to evaluate the validity of our concerns and to search out the truth about whether or not our school is upholding its values. We are asking that students, staff, alumni, and faculty be given the opportunity to publicly voice concerns that they may have regarding the well-being of Simpson University without fear and in confidence that their testimonies will be listened to. We have further asked that anyone who signs this letter also write a short personal letter to the Board of Trustees explaining why he or she has signed the letter, or what his or her personal concerns are. These you will find attached to this letter, and we ask that you, as the Board of Trustees, seriously consider these testimonies. We do not believe these concerns to be exhaustive, but rather indicators of a few key concerns within our community.

We ask that the Board of Trustees investigate the validity of these concerns.

***For those of you interested, here are the stated mission, vision, and values of the university, so you can see if these align with what you have experienced on our campus.

Identity StatementSimpson University, a school of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, is a Christ-centered learning community with an enduring commitment to world service and faith-infused education in professional studies and liberal arts.Mission StatementSimpson University is a Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.VisionSimpson University’s passion is to be the university of choice for students who aspire to achieve their chosen life goals through a Christ-led, transformational and innovative education.Core ValuesStatement of Commitment: We profess the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord of all. In faith, we submit ourselves to His authority and His Word, and seek His wisdom. We will reflect His character in our daily lives. Simpson will be a Christ- honoring university, and we embrace the Core Values below, which inform our identity and drive our Vision for the future.Community- We are a covenantal community. We commit to creating a learning community that is intentionally and faithfully hospitable and welcoming;inclusive and diverse; practicing justice, fairness and respect for all people; compassionate, kind and loving; reflecting the heart and image of God in all that we do.Excellence- We commit to excellence inteaching,scholarship,recruitment,leadership,management,stewardship, and interpersonal interactions and to continuously improve in all our practices.Accountability- We commit to individual and corporate responsibility for our actions, decisions, communications, and performance and welcomeevaluation and feedback.Integrity- We commit to honor God and each other through openness, honesty and ethical conduct in all matters.Service– We commit to honor God by modeling Christ’s example of service to all humanity. Our calling as aChristian universityis to be a “gateway to world service” and a place where the Great Commission is lived out.MottoGateway to World Service

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