The Rev. John Peters announces his retirement as AEI executive director


May 7, 2019 -- The Rev. John Peters, executive director of the Association of Educational Institutions (AEI), has announced his retirement from that position effective June 30, 2019. Peters has served in this role for six years, relating to the six United Methodist-related schools in the Virginia Conference: Ferrum College, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Randolph-Macon Academy, Shenandoah University, and Virginia Wesleyan University. Peters has been a liaison for the bishop and has related to the Boards of Trustees at all of these institutions.

“My time of working with our United Methodist schools has been most gratifying,” Peters said in announcing his retirement from the part-time position. “We have exceptional church-related schools in the Virginia Conference equipping young people for life-long learning and cultivating a climate of faith. I will remain an active supporter of our United Methodist schools as I transition to a time for travel for visiting with children and grandchildren.”

Dr. David L. Johns, president of Ferrum College and the current chair of AEI, noted Peters’ “commitment to faith-inspired higher education, and especially the kind that beats with a Wesleyan heart,” in a letter of appreciation. Johns told Peters that "we will certainly call on you for insight as we imagine new ways our institutions can be in connection with the Church.”

Bishop Peter Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, has entered into consultation with the presidents of these institutions about how to strengthen the relationship between the Annual Conference and the United Methodist-related schools.

The full letter from Dr. Johns is below:
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John Peters:

On behalf of the college presidents of Virginia Annual Conference, I wish to thank you for your tireless service to the AEI these past six years. Even as the Association’s new comer, I am aware of many times when your gifts and graces impacted our institutions for good. Your commitment to faith-inspired higher education, and especially the kind that beats with a Wesleyan heart, is evident in all you do. Each of us appreciates you and values the good work you have done to bridge our institutions with the Annual Conference.

As we have discussed previously, the timing of your interest in retiring from your role with the AEI and the presidents’ interest in reorganizing the Association couldn’t be more providential. Although with your June 30, 2019 retirement our formal relationship will end, we will certainly call on you for insight as we imagine new ways our institutions can be in connection with the Church. We know no better conversation partner.

We wish you the very best in your retirement and we ask for your continued prayers on behalf of our institutions and the students we serve. Please know that we count your friendship among the good gifts God has granted us.

David L. Johns, Ph.D.
President, Ferrum College
Chair, AEI

 

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