Davidson College: Amend the bylaw. Affirm our tradition. Sign the petition.

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Liam Miner
8 years ago
I believed that I had signed this petition a long time ago. In realizing that I hadn't, I wanted to make sure that my voice was heard now, loud and clear. Davidson is an institution that gave me so much during my four years as a student, and continues to deliver on it's promises of creating a community that enriches the lives of all of it's students. The ideals of Davidson's policies regarding education continue to resonate with me, yet the decision by the Board of Trustees is contrary to the beliefs that I believe this community preaches. I hope that the Board reevaluates how its actions represent our community, and hopefully it continues to abide by our College's mission statement. I will work tirelessly as an alum to make sure that the College I love so much is practicing exactly what it preaches.

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Sandy Bourgeois
8 years ago
It's not necessary to be a Presbyterian to be the best candidate for president of Davidson College. Many of the students are not Presbyterians and would be the best choice for the job in the future.

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Kelly Keeling
8 years ago
With Davidson's tradition of change and an acceptance of differences, I can see only positive things that could occur regarding the selection of candidates when Davidson College chooses to overturn Article IV, Section 1 of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees in favor of "preferred" language. As a Presbyterian elder, I find a person's faith journey to be a deeply personal commitment, one that has the potential to shape a person's character, but should not, particularly in a country founded on democratic principles, dictate one's professional growth. While I have deep respect for the Presbyterians who founded the college, my Davidson experience emphasized diversity and the value of all people. Who is to say a Lutheran, or a Muslim, might not be the best person to lead our esteemed alma mater? A commitment to Davidson and to the well-being and excellence of its faculty, staff and students should be the top priority.
With kind regards and gratitude for your service, Kelly
Kelly Reed Keeling, Class of 1991
Kelly Reed

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Adams '91 J Marshall
8 years ago
This is a very exclusionary rule, which does not reflect my values. Christian principles are wonderful, but requiring membership of any certain religious organization disenfranchises large groups of our community, and may encourage association for impure reasons. In the extreme, how many truly believe that a Methodist, for example, couldn't properly lead Davidson? Honoring our history and tradition does not require arbitrarily excluding people because of religious affiliation. Candidates should be judged on a set of values, not a church litmus test.

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Berkeley Gardner
8 years ago
I was the class of 1991. This bylaw is not reflective of the culture at Davidson.

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Sarah Bach
8 years ago
The most important thing I learned at Davidson was to never fear diversity, instead to embrace it with open arms.

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Landis Wade
8 years ago
If students at Davidson were required to be members of the Presbyterian church, then this by-law would make sense. When I think of Davidson, however, I don't think of one religion, or one culture or one hometown or one way of doing things. One great thing about Davidson was and is its ability to put all kinds of people together. This by-law was well intentioned but in my opinion, time has passed it by.

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Michael Cathey
8 years ago
I am Presbyterian and 4th generation Davidsonian. But I believe that Davidson leadership should be like Davidson enrollment - diverse. Its time for our management to match the face of the students we recruit.

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George Sproul
8 years ago
We gave up the requirement of attending church or chapel in the late '60's. I think the tie to the Presbyterian Church has been thinning ever since and probably makes to real sense today.

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Alex Sproul
8 years ago
There is no such restriction imposed on faculty or students; why should the president be so shackled?