Erskine’s trustees gathered in Due West May 17-18 for their final meeting of the academic and fiscal year, led by outgoing Board Chairman Sam James of Huntersville, N.C.
Trustee Jill Gazzaway, also of Huntersville, N.C., described the “main talking point” of the meeting as “our charge to be a solidly evangelical, confessionally Christian institution that holds high academic standards.”
The board approved the establishment of the David Livingstone Institute for Christianity, Medicine, and the Sciences at Erskine Theological Seminary “through which students could obtain a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an emphasis on Christian medical ethics,” Gazzaway said.
The trustees also heard a report from the Charter Institute at Erskine; gave Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson a unanimous vote of confidence; and asked that members of the Erskine community pray for Gustafson as he continues his leadership role.
“It is both a great joy and a great challenge to be an institution of higher education that waves the banner of Christ,” James said, “as we educate our young people in a world that is increasingly against the things of Christ.”
Board members completing their service, in addition to James, were Dr. Tom Hellams of Prospect, Ky., vice chairman; the Rev. Morrie Lawing of Denver, N.C.; Dorothy Morris of McDonough, Ga.; and Dr. Bert Welch of Goose Creek, S.C.