Summit on Institutional Growth


OCT 8-9, 2018

Early Bird pricing ends September 1, 2018

Member & Affiliates: $429 per person ($399 Early Bird)
Non-Member: $479 per person ($449 Early Bird)

  • Location: ABHE Weber Center for Leadership Development, Orlando, FL
  • Full two-day program
  • Three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Refreshments and 7 meals
  • Conference resources

With grateful appreciation to our Summit Sponsor – Servant Solutions

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How do you grow an institution of biblical higher education is this age of tumult and cultural antipathy? Why are many institutions in decline. This SUMMIT ON INSTITUTIONAL GROWTH is specifically designed to address the most pressing issues that contribute to institutional thriving. The distinguished slate of presenters include leaders of growing ABHE institutions and other high capacity resource leaders with significant insight into institutional flourishing. Learn from your peers how they have led their institutions to grow, and gain practical insights that can help you grow your own instituton.

Who should come? This unique conference is planned specifically for ALL of the key leaders of an institution who should lean into the institution’s growth. The president, enrollment officer, academic leader, CFO, student life officer . . . perhaps your entire chief suite. In light of this focus, we are NOT offering a conference this fall only for presidents or chief academic officers.

For this fall’s Summit, our passionate pursuit is to hear from institutional leaders how they have grown their institution and propagate their wisdom across the movement. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Register before September 1 to take advantage of the early bird discounted price.

A warm welcome and invigorating conference awaits you in Orlando!

The Art and Science of Institutional Growth – Peter Teague, Josh Beers; President & VP Student Success; Lancaster Bible College

Overview:  What is the key perspective and understanding of a president for leading an institution to grow? What were the primary milestones at LBC that most contributed to her sustained growth?  What has made the biggest difference? Learn . . .

  • How a president thinks and leads for growth?
  • From the biggest challenges we faced and problems we solved
  • The differences in growth for on campus, online and the adult students
  • How the right technology, tools, and counsel have strengthened our progress

Effective Leadership in a Fast-Changing Digital Marketing World – Steve Wolgemuth, CEO, YDOP

Overview: Do you have an effective marketing strategy to grow your enrollment? Is your institution seizing the potential of digital marketing? Learn from an expert who has helped Lancaster Bible College grow their enrollment. Discover how to ask the right questions that lead your marketing team for best results. Consider . . .

  • The basics of digital marketing – how this works
  • The genius of targeted marketing
  • A smart design for an effective strategy
  • The superior price points of digital marketing

 Building a Growing Institution – Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College

Overview:  Where do you start in the institutional growth process? What is the process of analysis and evaluation? How do you orient the leadership team to grow the institution? What role does each leader play? Review this case study of an institution that is experiencing good steady growth.

  • Leading for growth – what does this look like?
  • Taking the right steps for growth
  • Addressing curriculum issues
  • Aligning programs with enrollment efforts

 Mobilizing Your Campus To Maximize Enrollment – Tim Fuller, Sr. Vice President/Owner, CREDO

Overview:  If it takes a campus to recruit a student, how do you mobilize your campus for growth? What factors empower some institutions to grow . . . and causes others to decline? Learn from a major research project and veteran enrollment leader who has worked with scores of institutions to develop a winning growth strategy.

  • Campus mobilization – key insights from research
  • Most essential ingredients for institutional growth
  • Commonly observed hindrances to growth
  • Where do you start – ensuring best practice

 Secrets I’ve Learned About Growing an Institution – Mark Smith, President, Columbia International University

Overview:  What does it take to lead an institution toward growth? How do you create the right climate, set the pace, and address the key issues? Learn from a leader who has honed the answers to these key questions and made it happen – now at two leading ABHE institutions. Consider . . .

  • Understanding the right mindset for growth
  • Identifying why institutions typically don’t grow
  • Knowing the key ingredients that empower institutional growth
  • Developing an effective strategy
  • Making the necessary leadership decisions

 The Anatomy of Institutional Growth – Kevin Ingram, President, Manhattan Christian College

Overview:  Can a leader get their institution past the normal obstacles growth, find mission-fit students, create sellable programs, and seize the right opportunities to fulfil their mission and grow? Learn from the journey of an institution striving to make it happen including . . .

  • Dissecting the institutional issues that inhibit and nourish growth
  • Identifying opportunities that can make a difference
  • Mobilizing everyone within the institution to find the right students
  • Engaging faculty and staff to create a climate for growth

 Designing a Blueprint for Growth – Paul Alexander, President, Trinity Bible College

Overview:  There is a lot to learn from a real case study. What was involved in Trinity’s strategic assessment and planning that’s led toward their growth. How did their journey unfold. Listen to their story and gain vital insight for your own institution journey. Discover . . .

  • Key steps in the strategic assessment & planning process
  • What changed in their thinking and perspectives
  • How they addressed challenges and solved key problems
  • What their vision for the future is unfolding

Courage to Grow – Doing What It Takes – Matt Pinson, President, Welch College

Overview:  Change always has a price. There’s always resistance, unknown factors, and a price to be paid by the leader. But without change, there’s likely no growth and a growing potential for demise. This presentation is a frank look at institutional growth through the eyes of the leader and lessons learned from his own journey at Welch.

  • An analysis of their change process
  • Key decisions that led to growth
  • Handling the communication matrix
  • Casting the vision, charting the course, weathering the storms

Paul Alexander

Dr. Paul Alexander has served as the President of Trinity Bible College & Graduate School since 2012. Under his leadership, the College has seen tremendous growth. Trinity opened the Graduate School with two Master of Arts programs, launched Pack Your Bags, a pre-college mission experience, and has seen the addition of undergraduate programs. Most significantly, Trinity’s national accreditation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education was restored to good standing. Under Paul’s leadership, Trinity has found financial stability, implemented a shared governance model of leadership, and has seen renewed health across all areas of the College. Paul and his wife, Carol, are passionate about training servant leaders with a commitment to church planting, mission, and care for the poor and disenfranchised. This commitment informs their leadership, sets their priorities, and defines the spiritual tenor they aspire to see evident in the Trinity community. Paul and Carol have lived on four continents and led a variety of ministries and institutions. They have led churches in the UK, South Africa and Australia. Additionally, Paul has led institutions of Higher Learning in each of these places. The Alexander’s have two grown children.

Joshua Beers

Josh Beers came to Lancaster Bible College in 2006 as the Vice President of Student Services. He now serves as Senior Vice President of Student Experience, which includes oversight of athletics, student life, spiritual formation, alumni, financial aid, and admissions of both traditional undergraduate and adult education studies. Josh has lead his team of departments through many transitions at LBC in the last 12 years, including acquisitions of other institutions, teach-out opportunities, implementing new programs and systems such as a GAP year, and the beginning process of vertical integration. Two of Josh’s greatest passions, besides Christ and his family, is leadership and sports. Using sports as a platform to share Christ, Josh has had the privilege to lead multiple sport mission trips to Mexico, West Indies, and Scotland. He also serves as the Chaplain for the Lancaster Barnstormers and has enjoyed this for the past five years. In addition, he has spent the last 20 years investing his life in youth and college young adults in both the church and educational settings. Josh resides in Lancaster, Pa. with his wife, Anna, and their 4 children; Breanna, Mikayla, Moses, and Zofia.

Mary Drabik

Dr. Mary Drabik has been at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary since 1989. Her early tenure at SFBC&TS began as a Registrar and in 1989, was promoted to Dean of Admissions. In 2006, she was promoted to Provost of South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, in 2013 became the Senior Vice President, and in 2016 she was inaugurated as the Institutions 2nd President. Among her efforts, Mary developed the SFBC&TS Admissions Office; established the college’s thesis guidelines documentation; chaired the Assessment Committee; developed new catalogs; and worked to obtain SFBC&TS’ recognition authorizations and approvals from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), American Psychological Association (APA); the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); The State of Florida’s Commission for Independent Education (CIE); the American Federation of Colleges and Seminaries (AFCS); and the Veterans Association (VA)

Kevin Ingram

Kevin Ingram began his current role as President of Manhattan Christian College in July 2006. President Ingram graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 1986 with a degree in Bible Ministries and an emphasis in Church Music, and received his Master’s degree in New Testament from Johnson Bible College in 2002. During his ministerial and administrative career, President Ingram has served a variety of roles. He began his career as Youth Minister at the Oakley Christian Church from 1986-1989, then as Senior Minister of Community Christian Church in Great Bend from 1989-1999, both in Kansas. From 1992 -1998 President Ingram served on the MCC Board of Trustees before joining the staff in 1999 as Director of Alumni and Church Relations. In 2002 he became the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at MCC. In 2005 after the retirement of long-time president Ken Cable, with the approval of the MCC Board of Trustees, Ingram was named the as the 7th President of Manhattan Christian College. Kevin and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1983 and have two children, Lauren and Tyler.

Matt Pinson

Matthew Pinson is Welch College’s fifth president, having served in that office since 2002. A native of Pensacola, Florida, he attended Welch College in the 1980s and went on to graduate from the University of West Florida with a B.A. in humanities and M.A. in history. Matt is Welch College’s fifth president, having served in that office since 2002. A native of Pensacola, Florida, he attended Welch College in the 1980s and went on to graduate from the University of West Florida with a B.A. in humanities and M.A. in history. President Pinson received his Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University, where he met his wife Melinda, a North Carolina native who was a graduate student at Yale. They were married in the summer of 1994 and began a pastorate in South Georgia. While there, he engaged in doctoral studies in history at Florida State University, and Mrs. Pinson managed a historic hotel and restaurant. The Pinsons have two children, Anna and Matthew. After assuming the presidency of Welch College, President Pinson completed his doctorate in higher education leadership from Vanderbilt University. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Perspectives on Christian Worship (B&H), Four Views on Eternal Security (Zondervan), A Free Will Baptist Handbook (Randall House), Classical Arminianism (Randall House), and Arminian and Baptist (Randall House)

Mark Smith

Dr. Mark A. Smith, has committed his life to the advancement of the gospel through Christian higher education. Early in his college career, God called Dr. Smith to be a Christian higher education administrator dedicated to preparing a new generation of ministers, missionaries and ministering professionals for the day we live in. It is a path he has faithfully followed for over two decades.

Peter Teague

Peter Teague has served as President of Lancaster Bible College since July 1, 1999. His presidency continues a 40-year ministry career devoted to Christian education and leadership development. Dr. Teague earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology from Sterling College, a M.A. in Christian Education from Luther Rice Seminary, and D.Ed from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Teague has been a contributing editor and co-author for several books and publications and has served on the directing boards of a variety of Christian and secular organizations. He is co-founder and president of Jessica and Friends Community, a faith-based organization offering services and support to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. He and his wife, Paulette, reside in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and have four children and eight grandchildren.

Steve Wolgemuth

Steve Wolgemuth is founder and CEO of YDOP, a 22-person, Lancaster, PA-based Internet marketing company that serves more than 120 businesses and organizations across the US. Steve is passionate about empowering leaders to bring about effective marketing and development efforts. He has extensive experience speaking to business groups, owners, and organizational leaders on this topic. This year, Steve co-presented with Google to several hundred business leaders. An LBC graduate, Steve is also a strong advocate for Biblical higher education.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533
SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport is an all-suite hotel offering you first class service, located minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), and features amenities, including free Internet access and on-site dining. The ABHE staff will make your hotel reservations for you.  Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup


Conference Staff

David Medders

Executive Vice President

Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?
YES, 3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.
Can I request for additional hotel nights?
YES The ABHE group rate is $115/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email with any questions or updates to existing reservations.
Are meals included in the registration fee?
YES, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.
Can my spouse participate in some or all of the conference?

Participation in the conference by spouses requires their own separate registration at the regular registration fee.  If a spouse does not attend the conference, they may join in the evening meals for $25 per meal paid in advance through your registration.

Are scholarships available?
YES, limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to with an explanation of your financial need.
Is airport shuttle service available?
YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:


  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup
Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?
The ABHE Weber Center is located in the Citadel I Building, less than a mile away from the Orlando International Airport and a short walk from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the conference center.
How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?
You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, etc.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
In the event of registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.