Incoming Chief Executive on Campus for the Day
At the start of each semester, all School and College faculty and staff gather to kick off the new term. Last month’s Joint Faculty/Staff Meeting included campus updates, recognition for milestone years of service, and panel presentations by School and College faculty. In addition, incoming Chief Executive Marshall Ingwerson (C’79) attended the afternoon-long meeting, taking advantage of the opportunity to deepen his understanding of Principia and to meet—or renew acquaintances with—faculty and staff at a reception afterward.
Early on in the program, Ingwerson shared a few remarks. "I’m here because this is important work,” he said. “It's important for the students who pass through Principia. It's important to the world. And it's important to a Christian Science movement that is, can be, should be, dynamic, outward-looking, robust, fully engaged, and true to itself. That's work I want to be a part of." The long applause following Ingwerson’s remarks clearly demonstrated the community’s appreciation for the depth of experience and commitment to the Cause he brings to Principia.
Though Ingwerson was in town only briefly, he accomplished quite a bit during his day on campus. The morning included meetings with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Meridee Olsen (C’79); College President Jonathan Palmer (C’78); Head of School Travis Brantingham (US’94, C’98); Interim Chief Executive Doug Gibbs (HON’16); and Karen Eisenauer (C’84), who will be Ingwerson’s Executive Assistant.
Following the Joint Faculty/Staff meeting and reception, Ingwerson and his wife, Clara Germani, former Senior Editor for The Christian Science Monitor, enjoyed a dinner on campus with several Trustees and others he’ll work closely with, as well as their spouses. There was even time to catch the last half of the varsity boys' basketball game against John Burroughs School. Sounding like a loyal Panther already, Ingwerson commented, “We lost—but were in no way outclassed.”
Ingwerson is expected to be on campus full time in the spring.