It has been a remarkable year in Redeemer’s institutional life. There is much to look forward to — and much to be grateful for. As I teach this term, I am reminded what a privilege it is to walk with students during a critical period of decision-making and identity formation. By integrating faith and learning, Redeemer continues to prepare students to reflect the love of Jesus Christ wherever they are called to serve and live.
In early 2018, the president search process was in full swing, embedded in prayer that God would bring forward a Christ-centred leader committed to Redeemer’s founding mission and vision, which are rooted in the Reformed Christian worldview.
Last summer, the board announced the appointment of Dr. Robert J. Graham and on March 1, Redeemer celebrated Dr. Graham’s inauguration as the university’s fourth president. As we look ahead, I am excited by Dr. Graham’s vision and his commitment to Redeemer’s mission, which you can read more about in the Q&A.
Redeemer has also entered the final year of the 2020 Strategic Plan. Through the plan, Redeemer has made significant achievements, such as new programs in media and in ministry, a new Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers, a new undergraduate Core program and the reduction of the university’s long-term debt. You can find out more about the Redeemer 2020 Plan’s accomplishments over the past five years in this issue’s feature.
These successes have been made possible through generous donors. Their support has helped the Re Campaign funding the 2020 Strategic Plan to surpass $18.5 million in January 2019, which is considerable progress towards the $20 million goal.
One of the most exciting announcements this academic year has been Redeemer’s 42 per cent tuition reduction for Canadian undergraduate students. Supported by an $11 million gift over five years, the new tuition and fee structure will make it possible for more students to participate in a Christ-centred university education on a spiritually vibrant campus. You can learn more about this major shift here.
It has also been exciting to engage the campus in creating Redeemer’s next strategic plan. The planning process began with a series of leadership team retreats in the summer and fall of 2018, followed by a campus-wide survey in October and faculty and staff strategic planning forums in January. We look forward to rolling out the next strategic plan close to 2020 as we continue to ensure that Redeemer’s Reformed Christian mission and vision remain vibrant, strong and relevant for the next generation of students.