From the President

BY Jay Smith
President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

June 2016 Inscribed

Dear Friends of YTI,

Dr. Jay SmithThis issue of Inscribed still finds the YTI family recovering from the loss of our Chairman of the Board, Klein Gilhousen. He was an incredible man, and believed in the vision and the staff. We miss him.

The month of June is a time for the staff to begin to breathe again, resting, relaxing, and preparing for our Soccer Experience and summer terms. The 2015-2016 school year has just flown by us. We have increased enrollments at all of our locations, and are especially proud of how our Bellingham center is growing. At the same time, we are now watching our property being developed in Bozeman. Sime Construction and Madison Engineering have been doing a fantastic job with infrastructure construction. The August edition of Inscribed will include further details and all sorts of photos of this development.

Keep the staff and faculty in your prayers as we work on finishing the Master of Divinity curriculum, oversee The Yellowstone Center construction, and prepare our fall classes. Tell all your friends about YTI and “like” us on Facebook. I can’t begin to tell you how incredible the YTI staff is. Chris Hodge, our new media and marketing assistant has done a great job with our social media and video productions. Margaret Stewart has been a one-person army in relating to our engineers and architects as well as in general community relations. The “Green Team” – Matt and Kathryn Green—along with Un Kim—has been the best marketing and administrative staff an organization could want. On top of that, our regional representatives, Kim Cancelosi in Western Washington and Donna McCutchen in Texas, have done a tremendous job recruiting students. We will miss Un this summer as she heads to New York and NYU’s editing intensive. We are excited, however, to welcome Laura Peisker as our summer intern, who will be helping out in the office and getting to know Bozeman.

As we prepare for our June break, know that we couldn’t do what we do without the faithful help of our supporters. We rely upon your prayerful and financial support of YTI, especially as we prepare for our full-time Master of Divinity classes in August 2017. We would also like to encourage all of you to look at your plans for August 2017 as we prepare for all of our campus dedication festivities. We would like to see all of you here for that celebration.

Have a great summer!

Grace & Peace,
Dr. Jay Smith, President