Shared governance: Road block or fast track?

Recorded On: 02/18/2014

Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and Paul Dovre as they explore the topic of shared governance. Good communication and group participation sound good, but can shared governance get in the way? How can true shared governance be an asset in times of rapid change? How does it work when a quick decision is needed? We will explore who is getting it right and how it can work better at your school.

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

Dr. Paul J. Dovre

In Trust Governance Mentor

Dr. Paul Dovre joined the communications faculty of Concordia College in 1963 and later served as dean and academic vice president before being named president in 1975. During his 24-year presidency, Dovre was named one of the 100 top chief executive officers in higher education. From 2002 to 2012 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Luther Seminary.

An active layperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dovre co-chaired the ELCA Task Force on Education from 2003 to 2007 and is currently a member of the boards of Oak Grove Lutheran Schools and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

Dovre earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He is co-director of the Thrivent Leadership Program and is interim director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work at Concordia.

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