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Regents elect new board member, affirm strategic plan progress

Trinity CommunicationsOctober 26, 2018

The Trinity International University Board of Regents unanimously elected Brian Farone as a new member, and affirmed significant progress toward completion of the university’s strategic plan during its fall meeting Oct. 24-25.

Farone, who serves as the superintendent of the North Central district of the Evangelical Free Church of America, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007. He previously served as an associate pastor at churches in Arizona and California. EFCA president Kevin Kompelien, who is a Trinity regent, submitted the nomination of Farone through the Board Governance and Development Committee.

“We are very grateful that Brian is willing to serve Trinity in this key capacity,” President David S. Dockery said. “We look forward to the opportunity to welcome him to the Board of Regents.”

Farone will begin his service with the February 2019 meeting.

Board members also heard from Trinity’s University Leadership Team about progress on the “Heritage and Hope: Trinity 2023” strategic plan. First approved in February 2015, the plan proposes 125 initiatives in 12 overarching priorities. Although in place less than four years, most of the plan either is implemented or nearing completion. Board members heard specific examples from across a broad spectrum of campus life that speak to progress on the initiatives.

In other action, the Board unanimously approved tenure for associate professor Adeline Allen of Trinity Law School. Allen recently completed a year as a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Speaking in a TIU chapel service before the board meetings, Allen described her childhood in Indonesia. Persecution against Indonesian Christians of Chinese origin forced her to flee the country and seek political asylum in the United States. Allen told regents that the retelling of her escape story has created opportunities to share the gospel message with her law students, some of whom are not Christians.

Allen teaches classes in contracts and tort law, and publishes articles on a variety of legal issues such as defamation, tech law, internet statutory protection and sharing-economy platforms.

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