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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, President of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [STOTS], chaired the recent fall meeting of the school’s Board of Trustees.  Also in attendance was His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, STOTS Rector and Chief Executive Officer.

According to Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, the meeting was “quite full, beginning with elections for the coming year, with John Della Monica elected President.”  Popadija Katherine (Kitty) Vitko, Board member, offered a presentation on the work of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund.

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Dean Harbry reviews principles of shared governance with STOTS trustees.

Board members also welcomed Dean Harbry, a professional certified coach and founder of Internal Innovations, LLC, an Atlanta-based executive coaching firm established in 2003.  He has worked with over 140 not-for-profit boards on governance, compliance and organizational best practices.

Mr. Harbry was invited by Father Steven to assist the board and seminary community to engage in follow-up work after the most recent reaccreditation review by the Association of Theological Schools.

“He presented to the board on topics related to shared governance and guided the whole seminary community through an exercise of working through several hypothetical scenarios designed to reinforce the use of seminary policies and procedures,” Father Steven explained.  “These areas of emphasis are part of the seminary’s follow-up after the November 2016 ATS site visit.”

Board members also welcomed audit firm representatives completing their audit of the past fiscal year’s financial records.