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January 29, 2016
Dear Chairman Colletti and Board of Trustee friends,
Warmest greetings from the beautiful campus of the University of Valley Forge!
That is how I began my very first letter (except it was Valley Forge Christian College) when I began to serve, with gratitude and a deep sense of God’s call, as President on January 1, 1997. I have never lost or waivered from serving with gratitude or sensing always the deep awareness of God’s call to lead this wonderful University with its very clear mission to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.”
At the top of my personal mission statement I have always had the words from Joshua 22:3 which Joshua shared with Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, “You have carried out the mission the Lord your God gave you.” Evie and I have always had as our prayer, from the very beginning of our ministry together, that God would help us to faithfully carry out the mission He had called us to. And we also prayed from the time we arrived on this campus that God would make it abundantly clear to us when the time had come for our part in the mission of the University of Valley Forge to come to a close. Therefore, with deep love and affection for the University of Valley Forge and its wonderful Board, administration, faculty, staff and students, we respectfully submit our retirement effective July 1, 2017.
I would like to give a short explanation of our faith journey that led us to this particular time to announce our retirement. We began to seriously pray about this as we were getting closer to “retirement” age. We originally felt that July 1, 2013 would be a good time for us to retire, praying that God would either intervene or lead us step by step to an announcement of our plans in the April 2012 Board of Trustee meeting. However, ... (The letter continues to Chairman Colletti and the Board explaining that what we thought might be our retirement date changed three times due to circumstances which arose at the University which Evie and I definitely interpreted as the intervention of God because we felt that our retirement during these circumstances would not have been good for the University. The letter concludes with these paragraphs.)
We are amazed and humbled as we look back at the incredible faithfulness of God throughout these years. He brought just the right people and just the right resources and just the right opportunities at just the right time. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” has been our anchor and our theme song at many significant and historic moments when we have celebrated the things that He has helped us to accomplish.
The information on the enclosed chart (a sort of “state of the university”) is a testimony that confirms to Evie and me that in His time (almost two decades), God did indeed have a mission for us to do and He has been with our University every step of the way. In the past 19+ years UVF has experienced an incredible metamorphosis and we acknowledge the faithfulness of God.
We will serve with a continued commitment to do everything possible to advance the University of Valley Forge and to do everything we can to help with a smooth transition until we leave on July 1, 2017. To quote a dear friend of ours and our University, Dr. H. Robert Rhoden, we believe that for the University of Valley Forge, “the future is as bright as the promises of God”. We will leave feeling the way Cyril Homer felt when he said to his wife as they were driving out of town after serving as President at Southeastern University, “We didn’t do all that needs to be done (there are challenges ahead and much more to do), but we did everything we could.” And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this incredible opportunity to serve!
Sincerely with affection,
Don Meyer, Ph.D.
Enclosure (see below)
UNIVERSITY OF VALLEY FORGE
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
UVF Facilities Improvements/Academic Growth from FY 1997-98 thru FY 2014-15
UVF financial growth from FY 1997-98 through FY 2014-15
UVF Additional Improvements from 1997 to 2016
UVF Projects on the Horizon for 2016 - 2017
The University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.