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The Leanne Van Dyk Voices for Vision Fund was established in March 2022 with a dual purpose – honor retiring President, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, and provide an endowed fund to ensure a secure future for The Columbia Conferences.
Florida Ellis, Board of Trustees member, led a committee comprised of
Jane Fahey ’01, Heidi Gleason, David Huffine, Martha Moore-Keish, Kathy Reed ’07, Mitzi Smith, Todd Speed ’93, and Valrie Thompson went to work contacting friends and supporters of Columbia seminary. The goal was to raise somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 by May 16, the date of President Van Dyk’s retirement celebration.
On the night of the retirement celebration, Ellis announced that a grand total of $506,932 was raised to honor President Van Dyk and ensure the future of The Columbia Conferences.