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Munster’s Barbara Mertens named Van Lunen Fellow
Barbara Mertens, principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Munster, Indiana, has been selected by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) for a 2016-2017 fellowship.
The Van Lunen Center’s 2016-2017 fellows include educators from 24 schools across the United States and Canada. For JPGS and school affiliations of fellows, see www.calvin.edu/vanlunen/vanlunen_fellows/
The Fellows program is designed for school heads who seek professional development in their work as administrators of faith-based schools. The majority of participant expenses are covered by the Van Lunen Center, including cost of instruction, airfare, lodging, meals, coaching and access to topic experts.
The Van Lunen Center was established at Calvin in January 2007 with a $2.5 million endowment gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. Subsequent gifts from two other foundations as well as individual gifts support the Center. Its purpose is to provide executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith.
“The sessions are presented in a dynamic and rigorous format that includes case studies, interactive workshops, and expert training led by the faculty and consultants,” according to Jim Marsh, director of the Van Lunen Center.
“In areas such as marketing, student recruitment and retention, social media, strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, sustainability and other topics relevant to executive management skills,” he said, “participants will deepen their own leadership, develop skills and create deep relationships with peers and leaders. They will become more prepared to craft and implement a sustainable Christian educational mission with parents, teachers and other supporting communities.”
The program begins with five residential days in July 2016, continues again in January 2017 for five days and ends with three days in July 2017. Between sessions, faculty coaching and consultant support is available via phone, through online tools and in person to assist fellows with a crucial school project.
The Van Lunen Center was established to serve faith-based schools large and small across the U.S. and Canada with a big-tent philosophy, reaching out to schools from a wide range of faith traditions, including Baptist, Catholic, evangelical Protestant, Episcopal, independent Christian, Lutheran, Mennonite and Reformed Christian day schools.
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.calvin.edu/vanlunen
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