Letter to the Academy Staff and Faculty from President Jimmie W. Scott:
During the January 18, 2018 meeting of the Academy Board of Trustees, I announced my decision to retire as president of the Academy on December 31, 2018. This decision was the result of much prayer as I sought God’s leadership and direction. The trustees accepted my suggested time sequence and appointed a search committee of three trustees, of which Dr. Ruth Welborn was named as the chair. The other members of the search committee include trustees Billy Belcher and Scott Yarbrough. Please begin now to pray for the committee and for their recommendation of a new president.
Throughout my life, I have relied on God’s leadership and have trusted my instincts based on what I perceive to be His direction. As the writer of Ecclesiastes so aptly concluded, “There is a right time for everything,” and I believe now is the right time for the future leadership position of the Academy to be given the utmost consideration and prayer.
The trustees have accepted my offer to continue working in the area of development, especially in the major gifts category, on a part-time basis, until the development team can be reorganized. During this interim period, I would relinquish all of my authority, except in the area of development. I have insisted that my presence on the campus would be curtailed to prevent any interference in the administration of the new president. While I would cherish a continued relationship with all of my colleagues, I would never attempt to intervene in the operation of the school I have loved and served for almost a half century. Therefore, if I am not in close contact with those in the Academy family after my retirement, it is not because of a lack of love and appreciation for our Christian relationship, but simply to be guided by what is prudent and proper under the above circumstances.
Please know of my deepest appreciation for your friendship and the fact you have always seemed to overlook my many mistakes and shortcomings. My prayers will continue for all of you, and my love for this school will always be uppermost in my total being. Although our Christian values often seem to be under fire in today’s society, let us always remember who is in control, and meet the challenges of our tomorrows with perseverance, commitment and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My prayer for all of us is found in Hebrews 4:14-16 (Good News Bible).
“Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God—Jesus Christ, the son of God. Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us be brave, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.”
Blessings to all,
Jimmie Scott, President
Note: Applicants for the position of president are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and recommendations to the SMA Director of Human Resources. See the posting for more information (under the heading of Administrative Positions).