From the President

BY Jay Smith
President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

August-September 2017 Inscribed

Reviewing the Summer, Diving into the Fall!

Dr. Jay SmithFor most, summer is a time of relaxation and recreation. In the summer, YTI shifts into a different gear. From September to May, YTI is focused on its unique brand of education, teaching its masters program curricula, and working to create a special kind of community in and around Bozeman. In the summer, we focus on serving our community in special ways: the Yellowstone Soccer Experience, community lunches for children, the Community Café, and “the Great Band Cookout”—an outreach to the MSU Spirit of the West Marching Band.

This summer was exceptional, even for YTI. The balance of our faculty and staff moved to Bozeman; we held our inaugural Klein Gilhousen Lecture with Dr. Eric Priest of St. Andrews University; and our Master of Divinity program began the last week of August. Dr. David Wilmington participated in the St. Bonaventure Conference in Bonaventure, New York. I have made visits to the Association of Theological Schools in Pittsburgh, and to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California to begin the process of accreditation, and inaugurate new educational partnerships. Our final plat approval is scheduled for the Bozeman city commission in the next few weeks. Our engineers and contractors are ready to move forward with the campus plan.

We are in the process of beginning a capital campaign with the assistance of the Bannack Group, and look forward to finding new supporters throughout the United States over the next few years. Our marketing team at Classic Ink is doing a fantastic job of getting the ‘good news’ of YTI into the broader world.

Enjoy this issue of Inscribed; it has columns from our interns, the bio of a new staff member and pictures of the summer’s activities. We look forward to sharing these moments and these people with you.

Grace & Peace to You,
Dr. Jay Smith, President