Announcement Regarding Church Affiliation

Alderson Broaddus University and the West Virginia Baptist Convention have officially taken steps to mutually affirm a change in their legal relationship.

As the AB community has been aware, in April of 2012, alumnus and Board Chair Ron Burbick appointed a six-person task force to review and update the Alderson Broaddus University charter and by-laws. This action was in response to a recommendation by a consultant with the Association of Governing Boards at the February board retreat. This recommendation included a change in size and composition of the AB board of trustees.

Chaired by AB alumna and trustee Jean Denny Cunningham, the task force met throughout the summer, and as a result of their discussion and deliberations, in October, 2012, the AB University board took the first step toward implementing the AGB recommendations by unanimously approving a resolution to pursue the dissolution of the legal relationship between AB University and the West Virginia Baptist Convention, pending concurrence of the Convention. This is to specifically include fiduciary responsibility, board composition, and other legally binding obligations or oversight. The resolution also affirmed an ongoing relationship with the Convention on a level of personal, social, and religious affiliation, as well as with American Baptist Churches, USA.

In response to this, the West Virginia Baptist Convention acted upon the resolution at their annual meeting at Huntington, West Virginia, on October 19, 2012, with a proposed amendment of the WVBC charter and by-laws. This amendment was approved with the required 2/3 majority vote by the delegates in attendance.  

With these actions completed, President Rick Creehan and Chairman Ron Burbick anticipate that the AB University task force will have a path to complete its work with a final proposed charter and by-laws revision to be voted upon at the Spring, 2013 board meeting.