From Jennifer Potter ’66, Chair of Chatham University Board of Trustees

Dear Members of the Chatham University Community,

Over a year ago, the Chatham University Board of Trustees asked me to chair a Board Committee charged with reviewing the status of Chatham College for Women (CCW) in keeping with the Board’s past practice of regularly reviewing the component units of the University.  As the Committee’s study progressed over time, its scope of study was expanded to include undergraduate education across the University, not just within CCW, in light of the fact that undergraduate education is also offered to women and men through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies and, starting in the fall of 2014, will be offered to women and men through the Falk School of Sustainability.

An outcome of the Committee’s study was the Resolution, which the Board approved unanimously at is February meeting, to consider a proposal to make undergraduate education coeducational across Chatham University.  The Resolution also expressed the Board’s desire to hear from you – the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Chatham University – regarding your thoughts and suggestions on this important issue.  Since then, members of the Board and the administration have participated in seven forums with different Chatham University constituencies, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.  The two forums for CCW alumnae were streamed over the internet so that even more alumnae could participate.  In addition, this blog was created to facilitate the exchange of ideas among the Chatham community.  (There have been nearly 14,000 page views across the blog since its launch.)  What the Board has heard and read has been important and has inspired a great deal of dialogue and exchange of ideas among our members.

As the next step in the Board’s deliberations, the Board has charged the Board Committee which I chair (the same Committee that was originally charged with studying CCW) with overseeing the process leading up to the Board’s consideration of a proposal on or before the June Board meeting. This process will include, among other things, consideration of feedback from the forums, the blog and other sources.  On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank all who have shared and continue to share their constructive ideas with us, and thank you all for your dedication to Chatham University.

Sincerely yours,

Jennifer Potter ‘66
Chatham University Board of Trustees