Bro. Hatheway Retirement
The 2012-2013 academic year is a year of transitions in many significant ways. The undergrad program became part of the board's responsibility, and new personnel were added from the classroom to the Vice President's office. Another significant transition is the retirement of a few of the UGST founding board members. Dr. Garth Hatheway served in a variety of capacities during his tenure from 1999 through 2012; he was board vice chair, assessment committee chair, and board chairman for the last five years. His chairmanship spanned the critical initial accreditation years and the acquisition of Gateway College of Evangelism.
Bro. Hatheway brought invaluable lifetime experiences as a pastor, district official and public school administrator to his term as board chairman. He served with the unique ability to grasp the complexities of academic processes such as accreditation and assessment while personally caring for faculty, students, administrators, donors, and other board members. Bro. Hatheway's infectious smile and outlook of hope in all things related to ministry will be greatly missed by everyone at UGST. Of course we know Bro. Hatheway's countless hours of board work while at the school and from his home were supported by his lovely wife, Sis. Phoebe Hatheway. We rest confident in the board trajectory set by Bro. Hatheway and know he continues to support UGST everywhere he goes.
On a personal note, I would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Bro. Garth Hatheway. As a new member of the Urshan family, Bro. Hatheway welcomed me so graciously and helped me every step of the way. I was intimidated by the task of preparing for our November board meetings. Bro. Hatheway calmed my fears by going the extra mile to support me and answer all of my questions. He was just a "text" away! Bro. Hatheway took time to connect with me personally. He read an article I had written for the Pentecostal Herald and commented on how he was impacted by my words. This compliment, from such a wise scholar, touched me deeply. I am so glad that I was mentored by Bro. Hatheway during my initial days in my new position. We already miss him, but we are so grateful for the selfless 13 years he gave to Urshan Graduate School of Theology and Urshan College.