From Wespath Benefits, Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications,
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Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) held a meeting of its members in Glenview, Illinois on September 7-9, 2016 to organize and elect its Board of Directors for the new quadrennium. Wespath’s Board consists of thirty two members—eight nominated by the Council of Bishops and elected at General Conference, sixteen members nominated by the Jurisdictional Conferences and eight members selected by the Wespath Nominating Committee. The Board also includes eight non-board (at-large) committee members selected by the Wespath Nominating Committee. The names of the Wespath Board are posted on the agency’s website.
Bishop Don Ott, retired episcopal leader in the North Central Jurisdiction, and Mr. Jerry Pinkerton, Nominating Committee Chairperson, organized the Board of Directors for the new quadrennium. The newly organized Board of Directors elected Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Conference as Chairperson; Bishop Paul Leeland of the Western North Carolina Conference as Vice-Chair; and Reverend Tracy Bass of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as Recording Secretary. Barbara A. Boigegrain, who has served as General Secretary since 1994, was re-elected by the Board.
The Board began its meeting with worship and communion led by Reverend Dr. Gray Southern, and continued with training and education on its board governance process and fiduciary responsibilities. The Board also was briefed on the benefits plans and services provided to the denomination.
Barbara Boigegrain provided the history of the general agency and its evolution to Wespath Benefits and Investments. The Board toured the agency and held initial committee meetings as part of the orientation. The agency, which has been in existence for more than 100 years, focuses on “caring for those who serve” by providing benefits and investment services that enable over 100,000 clergy and lay workers to be secure during life’s transitions.