By Leslie Scanlon. The Presbyterian Outlook.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board executive committee met in closed session by conference call on Thursday, June 4, and, according to minutes of the meeting, voted to:
- Add a third day to the board’s September 2015 meeting, anticipating there would be more work than could be done in two days. The new meeting dates are set for Sept. 23-25 in Louisville.
- Take action regarding a possible performance evaluation of Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The committee voted to direct the board’s personnel subcommittee to prepare for the executive committee by July 22 “a recommendation for performance goals, evaluation process, and other important metrics for the Executive Director.”
The July 22 date likely is tied to the executive committee’s annual summer retreat, scheduled for Philadelphia July 22-24. The retreat is a public meeting, although the executive committee could vote to close all or part of it.
The minutes provide no other details. Asked to explain some context – to say how this action fits in with the processes already in place for evaluating Valentine – board chair Marilyn Gamm declined to comment.
Kathy Francis, director of communications for the Presbyterian Church (USA), said in an email response to an inquiry from the Outlook that the executive director’s review typically is conducted at the summer retreat and is reported to the full board in September. “Everything is consistent with the standard review policy, with the exception of who conducts the review prior to the Executive Committee retreat,” Francis wrote. “The motion directs the Personnel Subcommittee to conduct the review,” rather than the executive committee or a subcommittee of the executive committee. “The remainder of the process remains the same.”
Read the complaint: Roger Dermody v. Presbyterian Church (USA), A Corporation
Presbyterian Mission Agency Board directory of members (revised 1/5/15)