Pre-Convention Workshops


17.WorkshopLogo540 Pre-Convention Workshops
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Great leaders are passionate learners . . . a compelling characteristic for leaders of learning institutions. We exude the joy of discovery, grasping new ideas and exploring new possibilities. That’s the spirit behind these four strategic forums for trustees, presidents, chief academic and chief enrollment officers respectively.

Carefully review the four presentations selected for each forum and the distinguished faculty of presenters. Thanks to the support of our gracious sponsors, lunch is included. Register early. A great opportunity for learning, networking, and growing . . . all for the extraordinary price of only $100.

Leaders are constant learners . . . always.  We lead faith learning communities by example, pressing forward in the exhilarating journey of sharpening our leadership skills and expanding our leadership capacity.

In that spirit we’re very excited to offer this largest ever menu of leadership development workshops — designed for many different positions and points of institutional leadership responsibility.

Look through these as you register for Annual Meeting and make your workshop selections.  Admission to workshops will be first for those who are registered. Choose the most relevant workshops for your growth edges and responsibilities.  Let’s grow together for the glory of God.

Check out this lineup:

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS (Wednesday, February 20) – $100/ea.
8:30am – 4:30pm

Take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity.  Click on the respective workshop below for program details.

12:00n – 4:30pm – $25

  • Presidents Wives Roundtable (Lunch Included)


Trustees Forum - Excellence in Board Governance

Trustees Forum — Excellence in Board Governance

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitator: James Barnes, President Emeritus, Indiana Wesleyan University Presenters: Ralph Enlow, Dave Moja, Vincent Johnson & James Barnes Location: Salon 8

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Trust: The Heart of Board Governance

Presenter: Ralph Enlow, President, ABHE

Overview: What is the essence of board governance? To what extent should you regard your role as that of “director” or “trustee”? Specifically, what things have been entrusted to an institution’s board of directors? What is unique about this trust within the context of biblical higher education? Harvest biblical insights, core values, and practical tools from a veteran biblical higher education leader and student of biblical leadership and governance. Session topics will help you see, appreciate, and embrace:

  • The spiritual movement of which your institution is a part
  • The board’s role in protecting and sustaining the institutional mission
  • The moral and ethical obligations of trusteeship
  • The governance mode – ends vs. means
  • The chair’s leadership role in maintaining a culture of trusteeship

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion 10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — The Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Board

Presenter: Dave Moja, Partner, CapinCrouse

Overview: One of the chief responsibilities for every board is to provide final oversight regarding the financial condition of the institution. This is truly where the buck stops. Learn what strong boards look for in their financial reports. Consider the primary key performance indicators (KPI’s) that should be on your dashboard. Learn how boards might inadvertently let their institutions slip into financial duress. Listen to a distinguished financial consultant relate how you can give wise financial oversight to your college, including . . .

  • Financial reports and figures that must be regularly reviewed
  • Top KPI’s that reflect the financial health of your institution
  • Common mistakes that boards make in their financial oversight duties
  • Best practices and essential principles for sound financial guidance

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion 12:00 – 1:00       Lunch — Provided by CapinCrouse

1:00 – 2:00     Session 3 — Effective Oversight and Use of Institutional Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

Presenter: Vincent Johnson, Chief Information Officer, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School

Overview: Every institution is intentional in regard to its mission, vision and its goals. Every institution has data that has accumulated over years. Although every institution has existing reports and metrics, there is often a gap in leveraging their data to make informed decisions that ensure alignment with mission, sustainability, repeatability and scalability. Consider practical strategies and methodologies to develop KPIs that look deep into your mass data to reveal patterns that are actionable. Discover ways to traverse mass data and gain institutional insight with interactive visualizations that are low cost, based on a powerful analytic commodity cloud-based platform that delivers actionable KPIs to any browser or mobile phone.

  • Looking deep to look forward – your data is a valuable asset.
  • Is there a fast path to effective dashboards that are visual and interactive?
  • What resources are needed to get started?
  • Demo: Building powerful and effective dashboards on a commodity cloud platform

2:00 – 2:30     Q & A Discussion 2:30 – 3:00     Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00     Session 4 — The Board’s Selection, Care and Oversight of the President

Presenter: James Barnes, President Emeritus, Indiana Wesleyan University

Overview: One of the highest responsibilities of the board is the selection, care, and transition planning for the institution’s president. Strong institutions do this well. If done poorly, the institution’s vitality can suffer. Consider these important steps in the board’s relationship with the president:

  • Presidential selection – getting it right
  • Presidential evaluation – principles and process
  • Presidential development – ideas that produce results
  • Preparing for smooth presidential transitions
  • Presidential succession planning – not if, but when and how

4:00 – 4:30     Q & A Discussion 6:00                 Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Presidents Forum

Presidents Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitator: Peter Teague, President, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Presenters: David Gyertson, Christen Price, Tim Fuller, Dave Moja
Location: Salon 5

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — The Mindset of Christ – Kenotic Leadership

Presenter: David Gyertson, Asbury Theological Seminary

Overview: Is Christ-likeness in leadership more than a lofty aspiration? Is God’s Word serious about us being like Christ in the way we think and serve? Take a fresh look at the kenosis of Christ and how this can revolutionize our paradigm of leading others. Participants will explore. . .

  • The bold obedience of Christ in his life of emptying himself
  • The creative integration of our Christology and orthopraxy
  • Transformational habits for sustainable ministry lifestyles
  • A personal model for kenotic leadership

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Traversing the Current Legal Minefield

Presenter: Christen Price, Alliance Defending Freedom

Overview: What are the compelling legal challenges that confront presidents in biblical higher education? Review the current landscape of legislation and litigation then consider the implications these have for our strategic thinking. Engage with an expert from the front lines and sharpen your understanding of the legal environment. Participants will review . . .

  • Recent and current cases that can impact higher education
  • Relevant statutes, regulations, case law, and agency/judicial interpretations
  • Prudent preparations institutions should consider
  • Practical advice for presidents and their leadership role

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:00       Lunch – Provided by CREDO

1:00 – 2:00     Session 3 — Presidential Leadership of Institutional Enrollment

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Sr. Vice President/Owner, CREDO; ABHE Senior Fellow

Overview: How do smart presidents give effective oversight for institutional enrollment growth? What should presidents know about their enrollment strategy? What data should presidents track? What should they expect from their enrollment team and vice versa? Learn from the wisdom accumulated from decades of direct enrollment leadership and years of enrollment consulting.  Empower your enrollment growth by understanding . . .

  • The dynamics of best practice enrollment strategy
  • The right KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) for enrollment management
  • The risks and rewards of discounting
  • Best practices for presidential oversight of enrollment efforts
  • What you need from your enrollment officer

2:00 – 2:30     Q & A Discussion
2:30 – 3:00     Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00     Session 4 — Understanding Financial Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Presenter: Dave Moja, Partner, CapinCrouse

Overview: What are the most important data points that presidents should watch to give wise financial oversight to their institution? What are the most vital KPI’s that smart presidents have on their dashboard? Sharpen your grasp of sound principles for highly effective financial leadership. Participants will learn . . .

  • The vital information every good audited financial statement should provide
  • The essential information every CFO should provide to the president
  • What KPI’s effectively monitor the financial strength/weakness of an institution
  • What financial mistakes are most common for institutions . . . and how to avoid them

4:00 – 4:30     Q & A Discussion
6:00                 Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Academic Officers Forum

Academic Officers Forum

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitator: Jim Lanpher, Provost, Columbia International University
Presenters: Mark Hardgrove, Evan Posey, Christen Price, Verna Lowe
Location: Salon 6

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8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 – Enhancing Leadership in Biblical Higher Education: Passion Thrillers & Killers

Presenter: Mark Hardgrove

Overview: Whether the focus is cultivating high-performance leadership within the institution or developing leadership in students – igniting individual passion has incredible potential. Research confirms there are distinct factors that empower passion – passion thrillers, and factors that kill passion. Learn from this insightful study and enhance your culture for passionate leadership development, including . . .

  • Understanding the definitions of passion in leadership
  • Considering the potential of passionate leadership – in staff and students
  • Exploring the contributing factors for passion thrillers and killers
  • Assessing your culture for passion cultivation

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 – Managing the Profitability of Academic Programs

Presenter: Evan Posey, VP for Academic Affairs, Luther Rice College & Seminary

Overview: What is a fair and reasonable way to manage the financial operations of academic programs? What are true expenses and what are shared? How can revenue be accurately measured. Learn from a chief academic officer with financial analysis background how he’s led in the creation of a very workable methodology that gives him a balanced and accurate picture of the profitability of each of their academic programs. Discover . . .

  • Definitions for the hard, allocated and shared revenues and expenses of programs
  • Reasonable and fair ways to determine both revenue and expense
  • Insights on how to monitor the financial picture of the entire academic operation
  • Lessons learned about prudent actions based on financial management data

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:00       Lunch – On Your Own

1:00 – 2:00     Session 3 – Religious Freedom Challenges in Higher Education – What Academic Leaders Should Know

Presenter: Christen Price, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Washington, DC

Overview: What are the compelling legal dangers that confront academic leaders in biblical higher education? Review the current landscape of legislation and litigation then consider the implications these have for our strategic thinking. Engage with an expert from the front lines and sharpen your understanding of the legal environment. Participants will review . . .

  • Federal law developments:  Title IX, Title VII, regulatory changes
  • Current case law and judicial interpretations
  • Prudent preparations institutions should consider
  • Practical advice for how institutions can protect themselves

2:00 – 2:30     Q & A Discussion
2:30 – 3:00     Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00    Session 4 – The Power and Potential of CBE

Presenter: Verna Lowe, Senior Manager of Compliance for Educator Preparation, Western Governors University

Overview: For 20 years Western Governors University has provided CBE post-secondary education and currently serves over 100,000 students. What can and should we learn from this major footprint in the higher education landscape. Learn from one of their high-capacity assessment and compliance officers how they do it and why it works so well.

  • What is the basic structure of CBE education?
  • Consider the benefits of a CBE educational model
  • Understand the power of CBE for superior learning outcomes
  • Explore the potential CBE might have for your institution

4:00 – 4:30     Q & A Discussion
6:00                 Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D

Enrollment Leaders Forum on Strategic Issues

Enrollment Leaders Forum on Strategic Issues

ONE DAY WORKSHOP | Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm 

Facilitator: Josh Beers, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Bible Seminary & Graduate School
Presenters: Eric Currie, Kevin Bish, Steve Wolgemuth, Silvia Lucaschi-Decker, & Tim Fuller
Location: Salon 7

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CEP Credits: 101-105 – 10 points with a focus on overall enrollment strategy including integrating enrollment theory & management, principles of analysis & evaluation, building relationship with prospective students and influencers

8:30 – 9:30     Session 1 — Enrollment Trends and Headwinds You Should Understand

Presenters: Kevin Bish,VP/Enrollment Management & Eric Currie, Associate VP/Enrollment, Asbury Theological Seminary 

Overview: In the tumult of Christian higher education, what are the dominant and important trends you should track and understand? What major changes are underway? What dangers and headwinds are likely on your horizon . . . or closer? Explore the emerging waterfront of enrollment management and sharpen your skills at reading the signs and understanding the implications.

  • Survey key trends currently affecting Christian higher education
  • Analyze important dynamics that are at play and how they could impact your institution
  • Note dangerous headwinds facing enrollment managers and how to prepare
  • Sharpen your vision for looking ahead and seeing what’s unfolding

9:30 – 10:00     Q & A Discussion
10:00 – 10:30   Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:30     Session 2 — Growing Enrollment Through Digital Marketing Excellence

Presenter: Steve Wolgemuth, CEO, YDOP

Overview: What is your institution’s expertise in digital marketing? Is your marketing delivering enough quality student prospect leads? Consider the sage advice of a digital marketing expert and how his counsel and insight can help you move the needle on your institution’s digital marketing success. Discover . . .

  • A successful model for digital marketing for Biblical Higher Education on a budget
  • How good attribution models are the key to ongoing digital marketing success
  • How to evaluate your existing digital marketing and prioritize next steps
  • Prudent questions to ask your marketing stakeholders

11:30 – 12:00     Q & A Discussion
12:00 – 1:00       Lunch – On Your Own

1:00 – 2:00     Session 3 — Effective Management of a High-Performance Enrollment Team

Presenter: Silvia Lucaschi-Decker, VP of Enrollment, Columbia International University

Overview: What is the art of recruiting and leading a high-performing enrollment team? What are the skills needed by the team and leader? How is a winning team well-led with goals and accountability? Learn from a distinguished enrollment leader who is setting the pace at CIU.

  • Recruiting the right team members
  • Result-driven management
  • Nourishing a winning team spirit

2:00 – 2:30     Q & A Discussion
2:30 – 3:00     Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00     Session 4 —The Guiding Principles of Successful Enrollment Leaders

Presenter: Tim Fuller, Sr. Vice President/Owner, CREDO; ABHE Senior Fellow

Overview: After serving for over 30 years as a distinguished leader in Christian higher education enrollment management and consulting with scores of institutions – what are the most compelling insights he has gained about enrollment success? What are the essential principles of those who grow vs those who decline? Draw from the wisdom from his long journey and his keen observations on those who have figured it out, including . . .

  • The blocking and tackling routines which must be present
  • The essential skills that make a difference
  • An enrollment management process that wisely informs and guides

4:00 – 4:30     Q & A Discussion
6:00                 Dinner & Fellowship – Connections Dinner in Ballroom C-D