Preamble from the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary requested President Torrance and his planning team to develop this strategy to ensure that the Seminary maintains its capacity to lead and to serve, with heightened relevance, the many and varied roles played in the lives of Christ’s followers by global communities of faith in the Reformed tradition. The emerging strategy has been widely, vigorously and constructively reviewed and discussed, at multiple points during its development, by all of the constituencies participating in and contributing to the life of the Seminary: faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni/ae and critical thinkers in the global church. The trustees wish to thank the entire campus community, and all who participated in the development of the strategy for their level of commitment, their effort, their extensive engagement, and their steadfast love and devotion to this institution and its future. Your engagement has played a critical role in helping the trustees discharge their duty to provide encouragement, guidance and support. Because of its scope and its significance, formal review and final approval of the Strategic Plan is a responsibility only the Trustees, acting as a body, can undertake. This step was taken at a special meeting of the Trustees on 27 September, 2012. The Bicentennial Strategic Plan, as approved, is included in this document in its entirety.

The trustees believe that we are at one of the critical junctures in the history of the global church, among people of faith everywhere, and of Princeton Theological Seminary itself. It is an essential part of the mission of the Seminary to prepare all of our students to articulate in word and deed what the Christian Gospel is, why we believe it and how it helps to address the issues and challenges faced by all peoples, everywhere, in today’s world and its ever changing cultures. We need a strategy for the Seminary that comprehends both renewal of our traditional strengths and transformative change in the way these strengths are lived out and delivered to meet our objective for increased breadth, depth, and relevance to the global communities we serve. Strategies intended to deliver transformative change in an institution such as ours require rigor that will withstand the test of time. A realistic horizon is essential precisely because some of the required changes may take the next decade to complete.

The trustees also believe that completing this effort now, in time to help our new president step quickly into the role furthering our transformation, is one of our most critical responsibilities. We want to underscore that guiding transformative change over the next decade requires a living set of ideas that can and should be expected to grow and evolve as we move forward. President Torrance has been exceptionally well suited to lead this work. We are grateful for his generous commitment of time and effort and for his devotion to the Seminary and to this project. We are thankful for the result and confident it represents a lasting contribution that can only serve to reinforce the legacy of his tenure.