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Woodstock Board Increases Number of Alumni Reps

     A YEAR'S efforts culminated in the ratification of proposed amendments to the Woodstock Board's Constitution and Bye-Laws at the board meeting held on March 16th-18th, 2000. The new constitution was ratified by a vote count of twelve to one.

     One of the key changes is the increase of alumni representatives from three to five. These are nominated by WOSA India, WOSA North America, and KWI. As a larger share of support for the school comes from alumni, it has become important to have board members who can facilitate this relationship. In addition, the Board wanted to be able to recruit individuals with special skills and knowledge necessary to oversee this institution under today's environment.

     T.Z. Chu, Class of '52 and member of the KWI Board, has been put forth to fill the new WOSA-NA seat, and WOSA-India is in the process of nominating a second representative from within India. T.Z. brings management and development expertise.

     The new constitution also allows the Board to "co-opt" two non-voting members in order to add specific skills to the membership. Both these co-opted members and the alumni seats are not required to be Christians.

     The Board also welcomed two new members, Rev. Anita Templeton and Abhrajit Bhattacharjee, Class of 92. Rev. Templeton is in charge of Christian education for the local CNI churches. Abhrajit works for a leading public relations firm that represents high-tech Indian and foreign companies in India, and his insights were much appreciated by all of the board. He symbolizes the future of Woodstock --young, energetic and highly competent.

     The board meeting was preceded by a thoughtful retreat facilitated by Rev. Lesley Sauer `60, who is now working in India for the Presbyterian Church/USA, during which the board members examined in depth how the Christian character of the school is reflected in its aims and philosophy of education, staff recruitment and practices, and student recruitment and student life. It was most informative and worthwhile and the material coming out of the retreat will be used to more clearly articulate the Christian mission and goals of the school.

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