With the signing of the Affiliation Agreement with Willamette University last May and the welcome of Claremont School of Theology to Salem in August, CST staff and faculty are working to make this transition year as smooth as possible for everyone – especially the students and staff.

An Affiliation Committee comprised of five people from each institution was formed and will meet quarterly to put together transitional plans for this year and next. In addition to the quarterly meetings, a smaller group continues to have weekly Zoom meetings to address issues that come up as we make progress. Three subcommittees have also been formed to cover Academic, Advancement, and Communications efforts and a Board Transition Committee will investigate and vet the plans of the committee as they are developed.

CST’s Executive Team has also formed a Staff Transition Advisory Committee with the mandate to monitor and support the staff with the desire to maintain current staffing through the transition period. President Kuan said, “We are looking forward to helping our staff feel valued and empowered during the transition and would like this advisory committee to develop ideas and processes to support staff.”

Finally, an Events and Rituals team was also formed to provide ways for alumni/ae, students, friends, staff, and faculty to have a meaningful goodbye to the campus. Watch for invitations to different events as those plans are developed. There is certainly much to do and much to consider, so having these committees will help to ensure CST remains faithful to its mission and just to its constituents.