August 29, 2018 The Board apologizes to Dr. Latini for “harm to her professional and personal reputation” and acknowledge the “vitriolic commentary and response Dr. Latini received [from both outside and inside the ULS community] was unwarranted.” The Board then further states that “such actions and commentary were neither supported by, nor endorsed by, the Board of Trustees.” The full statement may be viewed here: https://unitedlutheranseminary.edu/joint-statement-from-united-lutheran-seminary-board-of-trustees-and-dr-theresa-f-latini/
The questions that now rise in the students minds is what is the Boards responsibility when members of the community (staff, faculty, and Bishop Jim Dunlop who they elected to the position of Acting-President) have many claims of racist words and actions substantiated by an independent human resources firm. Will the Board as a whole claim that they neither support nor endorse these acts done by a member of the Board while elevating Jim Dunlop to the role of Acting-President and welcoming him to return to his position on the Board?
This timeline went through an extensive vetting from April of 2018 through the present to ensure that it is true, and it was shared with ULS leadership routinely from April through September. It is only after this timeline was made public (Oct. 10, 2018) that Bishop Dunlop resigned from the ULS Board of Trustees. Many of the proposed policies in the ULS Policy Survey seek to address these ongoing systemic issues in the ULS community. This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary