A Brief History
The Virginia Wesleyan College Parents' Council began as the Parents' Committee in the fall of 1969 and consisted of 12 Wesleyan parents. Chaired by Dr. R. Townsend Aretman of Suffolk, Va., the parents were active Friends of the College and were called upon to assist the College in a variety of capacities, including planning and participating in the first Parents' Day program on March 7, 1970. Since the 1970s, the Parents' Committee continued to mirror the College's growth, and has served as a vital forum for the exchange of information concerning various activities and programs of the College. According to President Greer, the tradition of involving parents in the life of the College is "essential to their students' success and the future of our institution."
The Council consists of 15 to 18 representatives for each of the four classes. Members are selected as married couples or single parents. Representatives are eligible to serve for four years or until their children are no longer enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan.
Responsibilities of members of the Parents' Council include:
- Attendance at two Parents' Council meetings – one on the Friday of Parents' Weekend during the fall semester and once during the spring semester, at which meeting parents are asked to assist the Admissions Office with the College's Open House program
- Service as ambassadors for the College in the constant effort to expand public visibility
- Support of the Virginia Wesleyan Annual Fund. The College encourages all members of its volunteer boards, including the Parents' Council, to make a gift to the Annual Fund in addition to any other restricted contributions they make to College programs
- Assistance to the College in identifying potential students who will benefit from Virginia Wesleyan's unique curricular and co-curricular programs
- Giving of advice on specific needs that arise from time to time.