Multnomah's president, Dr. Daniel Lockwood, will take a five-month sabbatical from August 1, 2004, until December 31, 2004. In the 24 years Dr. Lockwood has served at Multnomah, the last seven as president, he has never taken a sabbatical.
Dr. Lockwood plans to spend these five months researching, writing and reflecting. He will work on two manuscripts that he has started. The first book, "Profiles of Faith," is drawn from Hebrews 11; the second (as yet untitled) book discusses the fruit of the Spirit and stems from his chapel messages last year. "I've done most of the research and produced a draft of some of the text, but I need some time to work on visuals and to polish the text," he said. "The regular press of time doesn't allow me to do that." He also plans to read extensively in the area of theology and leadership.
In order to be better equipped for Multnomah's fund-raising efforts, Dr. Lockwood will take a course on philanthropy at the University of Indiana in early November.
He does have previously committed responsibilities that he intends to fulfill. He will speak at Multnomah Week at Cannon Beach, lead the "Reformation Tour" in Germany and Switzerland, attend the executive meeting for ABHE (Association of Biblical Higher Education) and fulfill numerous speaking engagements.
During Dr. Lockwood's sabbatical, the president's council will perform the duties of leading Multnomah. "I've restructured the president's council," Dr. Lockwood said. "During my absence it will become more of a decision-making group."
Dr. Strickland will chair the president's council and act as Multnomah's spokesperson for events such as family chapels and preview week. "I don't view myself as the interim president," Dr. Strickland said, "but I will be there to facilitate the president's council meetings."
The executive committee of Multnomah's board of trustees offered Dr. Lockwood the opportunity to take a sabbatical. Because Multnomah is approaching a time of transition as the school undertakes regional accreditation, the board decided that this fall would be the best time for Dr. Lockwood to take time off.
Dr. Lockwood plans to stay in the Portland area and spend some time at the Oregon Coast. "Having time for study and reflection is important," he said.