In a world of intense urbanization and heightened communication, shrinking isolation and remarkable challenges, Nyack will become a diverse, loving community, a network of academic and supportive programs and partnerships…to promote learning through action as well as ideas, service through leadership and innovation as well as charity, and God’s forgiving love as the source of human meaning and belonging.
Nyack University will be a community….
The University Council was created by Nyack’s President and Board of Trustees to support the College’s commitment to become a global university that seeks to “transform human relationships, heal the world, inspire lifelong learning and develop global leadership.”
The University Council is an extension of the Office of the College President. It exists to promote and help fund Nyack’s growth and service as an unprecedented community of Christian higher education.
Its members are appointed by the Council chair and President of the College for 3-year (renewable) terms.
Under the leadership of its Founding Chair, Mr. Jim Blankemeyer, the Council will fulfill its vision by
recruiting new Council members willing to be ambassadors for Nyack College, embracing and promoting the vision, mission and culture of
Nyack College as it becomes Nyack University;
gathering periodically to hear reports, assess
Nyack’s sustainability and needs, consider opportunities for partnerships and growth, make recommendations and offer support for specific purposes within and/or impacting Nyack; and;
assuring constant and clear communication
between the Council, the College president, and
the chair of the College Board of Trustees who is
an ex officio member of the Council.
The University Council will convene for in-person meetings ordinarily three times annually, with additional meetings for electronic attendance at the call of the chair. When possible, meetings of the Council will coincide with Nyack special events and/or meetings of the Board of Trustees.
The Council may, in addition to offering advice and consultation to the College, serve as the “campaign cabinet” for capital or general fundraising efforts.
As appropriate, members of the Council will seek partnerships and support for the College by helping to create relationships with those who have not yet been fully introduced to Nyack. To assure that these relationships are enduring, ongoing development of such relationships will be done through the Office of the College President.
COUNCIL MEMBER BIOS
James C. Blankemeyer
James C. Blankemeyer
Jim Blankemeyer is a successful entrepreneur and ministry leader. In 1969, he founded MetoKote Corporation, an innovator in the application of high quality industrial coatings and paints. MetoKote, the largest company of its kind, has over 40 operations in ten countries (North America, South America and Europe). Since committing his life to Jesus Christ in 1976, Jim has been active in many ministries and serves on numerous boards, traveling extensively around the world. In 1988, Jim and Carolyn, his wife, started their own family foundation to teach their children Biblical principles of responsible stewardship over God's resources of time, talents, relationships and money in the ministry of furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jim has been married to Carolyn (Rieman) for fifty-five years. They have nine children, 27 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
A minister and speaker since 1979, Scott Slocum has spent the last 27 years serving as senior pastor at Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction, Vermont. During this time, the church has become one of the fastest growing congregations in New England and the largest church of any denomination in the state of Vermont. Passionate about reaching lost people, especially those who are anti-church and anti-Christian, Scott’s emphasis is on demonstrating how the church and Christianity are relevant for life today.
“If the Bible is relevant,” says Scott, “and it is – and if God is relevant, and He is – then the Church had better be relevant (and it more often than not, isn’t)!”
Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology from Crown College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served on the Christian and Missionary Alliance National Board of Directors for 12 years. He currently serves as a Trustee for Nyack College and on The Alliance New England Executive Committee.
“People today aren’t turned off by God; they’re turned off by the church. They’re not put off by Christ; they’re put off by Christians. Only we can change that!”
Scott is a sought-after communicator at conferences and churches, as he seeks to help churches fulfill their mission of loving and serving their community.
Scott has been married to Diane for 34 years. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren: Sarah, and her family living in Jericho, VT; Dayna, and her husband living in Mechanicsburg, PA; and Adam, a recent college graduate, outside of Harrisburg, PA. He loves to laugh and is the first to admit that he takes God seriously, but not himself.
Scott is passionate about people and leads the church to care about people. “People matter to God, they better matter to us!”
Ms. Sorrell has devoted her 30 year career in the executive search industry to working collaboratively with clients and gaining access to talent that these firms require. A successfully completed search is only the beginning. After a candidate joins her client, Ms. Sorrell works closely with the leadership to ensure the candidate optimally integrates their skills, capabilities and experience.
Her professional life includes time spent working for a major international search firm and as a principle of her own firm for over 20 years. In 2001, Ms. Sorrell redirected her efforts from managing a 20+ person firm to concentrate exclusively on serving her clients.
Ms. Sorrell’s clients include large multi-national, closely-held, high-growth, private equity, foundations, faith-based, and non-profit firms.
Her assignments begin with gaining in-depth knowledge of her client’s organization and helping to maximize the value of leadership capital by analyzing systems, structures, and processes that support the management of the organization’s most important asset: its people. Whether the assignment entails looking for a board member, a senior executive, or a next generation leader in a specialized area, Ms. Sorrell acquires the necessary knowledge of the firm and its marketplace so that she can effectively gain access to the best talent.
Ms. Sorrell currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards and as a program advisor to several faith-based organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and has a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rice University.
Recent search experience in the faith-based and non-profit arena: CEO of a Texas-based Univeristy, CEO of a Foundation, COO of a Foundation, CFO of a Foundation, Chief Development Officer for a national nonprofit; Executive Program Directors (3) for a major Foundation; Executive Director for a national nonprofit firm; Vice President of Human Resources for a higher learning Catholic institution; Dean of the MBA Program and Business School for a higher learning Catholic institution; Vice President of Events for a nonprofit ministry; and Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy for a national nonprofit.
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