Educators selected to head Christian schools typically have a track record of extraordinary academic leadership. When they make the transition to that role, however, most realize that the job requires an additional set of management skills. How do they develop the capacity required to be effective executive officers of a complex organization? Too often the answer to that question has been "trial and error" or "on-the-job training" over many years.
Heads know today's challenges are greater than simply providing academic leadership in a Christian environment. Today's challenges include facilities, competition, safety, marketing, fundraising, and accountability; additionally, recruiting students, faculty, trustees and donors are all part of the picture. In essence, it is executive management that embraces and cultivates the Christian tradition.
Many organizations and associations provide exceptional opportunities for administrators to develop their skills as educational leaders. The Van Lunen Center complements these by providing world-class executive management education essential to the future of schools based on the historic Christian faith.