Church Relations

  1. Mission and Composition

    The Council on Church Relations is a community of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) friends of Tusculum College. The Council serves as an important communication link between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the College. It is composed of ministers and lay people with heavy representation from both Holston Presbytery and the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Council members serve three-year terms at the invitation of the Vice President of Administration of the College. The Council meets three times a year, January, April and October with the President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Campus Minister and other administrators and faculty of the College.

    The Council on Church Relations is not a policy-making body. It works closely with the Committee on Church Relations of the Board of Trustees to assist in strengthening the relationship between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the College.

  2. Responsibilities of Council Members

    The responsibilities of the Council members are:

    • To develop strategies for promoting stronger ties between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Tusculum College, with particular emphasis given to Holston Presbytery and the Presbytery of East Tennessee.
    • To provide an open forum for communication between the Church and the College in order to recognize strengths and identify areas of concern as perceived by Council members.
    • To assist the College in providing ways to be of service to the churches and offer educational opportunities for ministers.
    • To serve as Tusculum College advocates by becoming knowledgeable of the aims and programs of the College and by encouraging students and friends to learn more about the College.
    • To encourage Presbyterian youth to consider Tusculum College by brining them to campus and providing opportunities for College representatives to be in local churches.
    • To encourage financial support of Tusculum College by churches and individual Presbyterians.
    • To attend Council meetings on a regular basis.
  3. Responsibilities of the College

    The President and administration have the responsibility of keeping the Council on Church Relations informed about the affairs of the College. On a periodic basis Council members will be briefed on the academic program, student life, athletics, physical facilities, financial conditions, and other issues facing the College.