Board orientation: Include the right ingredients

Recorded On: 09/13/2016

Is board orientation on your agenda this year? Rebekah Burch Basinger and William Myers explore the topic of developing a thorough board orientation process, highlighting the critical ingredients for effective orientation. This webinar is ideal for new and current board members, presidents, and administrators.

Rebekah Burch Basinger

Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at

William R. Myers

Retired Director of Leadership Education and Accreditation,

William R. Myers served ATS for eight years, during which time he was instrumental in building its leadership education program for presidents, academic deans, development officers, financial officers, and student services personnel. While at ATS he also staffed accreditation visits, the Henry Luce III Fellowship Program, the Lilly Theological Research Grants Program, and numerous consultations for ATS institutions on degree programs, consortia, and governance.

Myers came to ATS from eighteen years as a faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary, where he also served as Academic Dean for eight years. Author of several books, Myers is perhaps best known for Research in Ministry and Black and White Styles of Youth Ministry. His most recent book is Closing the Assessment Loop: Nurturing Healthy, On-Going Self-evaluation in Theological Schools. In 2015 and 2016, his work was published in: Theology Today, Religious Education, Theological Education, and Teaching Theology and Religion.

Myers holds an educational doctorate in counseling from the University of Loyola at Chicago and an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Married, with two grown children, he has served in ministry positions in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Illinois. He and his wife, Barbara, currently live in Pittsburgh.

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