Shared Governance - Road block or fast track?
Recorded on February 18, 2014 (60 minutes)

Shared Governance
Road block or fast track? What's your shared governance experience?

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.

Meet the presenters.

Rebekah Burch Basinger
In Trust Governance Mentor



Rebekah Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising. Her consulting practice and work as a Governance Mentor for In Trust have been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations over 30 years, beginning with her children's daycare center and extending to MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs) and ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Today she serves on the boards of MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) and the U.S. Foundation of the Theological College of Zimbabwe.

A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Basinger 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 the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the Handbook for Seminary Presidents published by the Association of Theological Schools.

Basinger received a B.A. in English from Trinity College (Deerfield, Illinois), a master's in English from Wichita State University, a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She is currently lending her expertise to Messiah College (Grantham, Pennsylvania), which is developing a master's degree program in higher education administration with an emphasis on institutional advancement.

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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