Transition Planning

Recorded On: 11/14/2012

Transitions are unavoidable. In this recording we explored the essentials of a good transition plan. This webinar will help you and your board explore the following questions confidentially:

  • Presidential transition. How can your school be prepared for anticipated or emergency transition in the president's office?
  • Other leadership transitions. How can the succession of board leadership and administrative officers be synchronized to maintain the school during transitions?
  • Mission effectiveness. How can a leadership succession become an opportunity to take the mission of your school to new levels of effectiveness?
  • Finishing well. How can outgoing leaders serve the school's mission and renew their own vitality when the mantle of leadership has been passed?
Join In Trust Governance Mentors George Brushaber and David Tiede as they explore the essentials of a good transition plan focusing on the inclusion of all key stakeholders, the basics of the search and selection process, and enhancing the inaugural year of new leadership.

Dr. George K. Brushaber

President Emeritus, Bethel University

George K. Brushaber was president of Bethel University for 27 years. During this time, the enrollment in the college and graduate school increased to more than 5,500 students and its graduate school of ministry, Bethel Seminary, was among the 10 largest institutions in the Association of Theological Schools. Before being called to Bethel, Brushaber held academic and administrative posts at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was chief academic officer at Westmont College.

Brushaber chaired the Minnesota Private College Council and the Consortium of Minnesota Theological Seminaries. He maintains a diverse consulting practice with schools, churches, and denominations.

Brushaber has had a dual career in religious publishing. He was founding editor of the Christian Scholars' Review, now in its 43rd year of publication, and he served for more than a decade as the executive editor and chair of the editorial committee of Christianity Today magazine.

Brushaber holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, and he is an ordained minister of the Baptist General Conference. He and Darleen, his wife of 50 years, have two adult children and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. David L. Tiede

President Emeritus, Luther Seminary

The Rev. David Tiede served Luther Seminary for 35 years as professor of New Testament, including 18 years as president of the school. In 2002 Tiede received the "Executive of the Year" award from the Association of Lutheran Development Executives. From 2005 to 2010, he held the Bernard M. Christensen Chair for Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 2010, he received the ATS Distinguished Service Award and served as the interim president of Wartburg Seminary.

An ordained pastor, he is past president of the Association of Theological Schools and a consultant for Auburn Seminary's research project, "Leadership That Works." He is the lead author of "The President's Role in Defining Mission and Strategic Planning" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

Tiede holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and continues to publish and teach on the historical and theological interpretation of the New Testament and Christian origins.

He and his wife, Martha, are blessed with two married children and eight grandchildren.

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