The following is a letter sent to PBA Faculty and Staff concerning more budget cuts including the dissolution of Dr. Mahanes' position as Vice President of Religious Life.
Dear PBA Family,
In this difficult economic environment, I am certain we all feel pressures as expenses rise and our resources are stretched to their limits. It is the same with the University budgeting process. Our Trustees have commissioned our Administration to enter the coming academic year with a balanced budget and doing so requires serious evaluation of virtually every position and role on our campus.
With a desire to fulfill the Trustee’s mandate for a balanced budget as we move forward, it has become necessary to creatively explore various solutions to meeting these financial challenges. Sadly, this has required us to leave positions unfilled and to eliminate some positions. One of these positions is the Vice President for Religious Life. This will require dissolving the department of Religious Life by reassigning staff positions to other existing departments.
Dr. Ken Mahanes has been serving as the seasonal pastor of the Lost Tree Village Chapel and will continue to do so. He also plans to explore other ministry opportunities as the Lord opens the door.
Beginning on July 1, the following new reporting structures will be implemented:
·The Campus Pastor and Chapel Office will report to the President
·The Workship Office will report to the Vice President for Student Development
·The Campus Ministries and Missions Office will report to the Dean of the School of Ministry.
We, at PBA, are grateful for Dr. Mahanes’ eleven year ministry with PBA. His ministry to our students and campus community, his efforts in advancing our church relations with local, state and national organizations and his unflagging commitment to share the wonderful story of PBA with acquaintances, friends and donors leave a lasting mark on PBA’s history. Truly, we have been blessed by Dr. Mahanes’ talents, humor and gifted ability to relate to the needs of our students and he will be greatly missed.
Please take a moment to jot down your thoughts and well-wishes in a card or letter and send them to him. I know this will serve as a meaningful reminder to him in the days ahead as he seeks the Lord’s generous provisions for the next phase of his life.
Faithfully in Christ,
David W. Clark, President
Someone has also created a Facebook group for the purpose of opposing this decision.
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