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IAPCHE Executive Director Transition Message

IAPCHE Executive Director Transition Message


8/30/17
North America, Asia/Oceania, Africa, Latin America, Europe

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This summer has been a time of transition for IAPCHE as we prepare for Dr. Shirley Roels to assume the role of Executive Director. Laura Van Engen will continue as IAPCHE Program Manager. Current IAPCHE email addresses to both director@iapche.org and office@iapche.org will remain the same as will the office postal address and phone number. Yet as of Friday, September 1, the director will be a new respondent.  

From Harry Fernhout:

While my term as interim Executive Director concluded at the end of June, I have continued to serve on a volunteer basis in collaboration with our Program Manager, Laura Van Engen, and in consultation with Shirley, who will officially assume her new role now.

I want to express my appreciation to all IAPCHE members for your encouragement and support over the past two years. I have enjoyed my work in planning conferences, revamping organizational policies and procedures, and generally enabling the organization to pursue its mission of advancing integral Christian higher education. I’m very excited about IAPCHE’s future prospects under Shirley’s leadership.

May God richly bless and enable IAPCHE to foster vibrant Christian higher education in new and surprising ways, in the interests of Christ’s reign!

From Shirley Roels:

I am deeply grateful to Harry Fernhout for his many years of service to IAPCHE.  He previously served as the president of IAPCHE’s governing board; and then he chose to step away from that post to contribute to IAPCHE for almost two years as the interim Executive Director.

Harry’s service is a model for what I hope we can continue in IAPCHE’s network during the years ahead. He answered the call that God placed before him in a time of IAPCHE’s need for leadership. A commitment to global Christian higher education and IAPCHE’s mission guided his perspectives and priorities. He served in a heartfelt and voluntary manner with good cheer and great enthusiasm. When there have been challenges along the way, Harry was guided by a deep belief in God’s power and grace in the process.

Together we hope and pray that God will prosper IAPCHE in the years ahead and continue to foster the greater kingdom in Jesus Christ.
 

Harry Fernhout, Interim Executive Director


Shirley Roels, Executive Director

 

 


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Posted by David Pak on January 07, 2016

ABSTRACT
Globalization is producing an increasingly interconnected world with blurring political, economic, and particularly cultural boundaries among nations. The growing interconnectedness and the resulting formation of cultures call for leaders with compatible leadership abilities. However our existing leadership frameworks fail to answer the call. The field of leadership studies remains Eurocentric and dichotomized. This paper is an exploration of a new leadership framework which responds to this changing dynamic. It is an exploratory interview study of the leadership (roles, characteristics, and experiences) of Korean university presidents with U.S. experiences.
Twenty-five participants in total were interviewed, nineteen of whom were university presidents. This report focuses on the findings from the interviews of nine university presidents with US experiences in addition to their experiences in other cultures. The participants are all from key second-tier universities in four large/developed cities in Korea. Each interview lasts about two hours. Data is analyzed and presented thematically. A western-Korean formation approach has been used during the entire process of conducting the paper. The interviewees’ accounts and the Korean and American formation interpretations dialogue dynamically for analysis.
The identified themes on the leadership roles, characteristics, and the Korean and American experiences and influences show that these presidents integrate and blend all they have learned from Korea, the U.S., and from other cultures to solve Korea’s problems. Their leadership roles and characteristics demonstrate American, Korean, and elements from the other cultures they have been exposed to. More importantly, the presidents integrate these elements dynamically, creatively and adaptively, and their integration is contextual-personal contingent. These findings suggest an emerging leadership model/concept, formation leadership, as the calls it. Formation leadership is a constant, fluxional, and dynamic blending of the global and local, of traits and behaviors, of the personal and contextual, and of the past and the present. It is shaped in the process when politically, economically, culturally defined leadership similarities and differences across cultures meet, negotiate, and integrate constantly, dynamically, and fluxionally according to the global-local context and individual’s values and behaviors informed by their global-local experiences. The leadership characteristics of the leaders are marked by global competencies, multiple cultural and sectored mindsets, adaptable skill sets, and interdependent visions.
Formation leadership rejects both the idea that one form of leadership is universally applicable and the notion that each culture is absolutely unique. Instead it recognizes the flow of knowledge and experience across international boundaries. It takes into consideration the interactions that result from the interconnectedness of modern life and how these interactions impact leadership. It also views culture as not static but continually evolving across time and location, hence leadership is not unique to an individual culture but is an integration or formation which results from these dynamic interactions. This model offers potentially a more compatible leadership framework with emerging global network societies than the existing theories. It provides a potential framework to develop new generations of leaders effective in the globalizing age. It also provides a timely and helpful tool for the training of academic leaders with strong implications for the training of leaders in other for-profit and non-profit sectors.
On the theoretical level, this paper has attempted to bridge four important gaps in the field of leadership studies and the study of higher education: the gap between globalization and leadership, between global leadership and academic presidency, between education and business, and between American and Korean philosophical stances and paper methodologies. It connects the discourse of globalization with the study of leadership by proposing a synthesized and blended dynamic global-local lens.

Posted by varghesepeter on April 21, 2016

I would like participate in IAPCHE Conference.

Posted by Lyndon Johnson on March 29, 2017

I will liked to be part of the conference 2017 June.

Posted by Christopher Kontoh on October 20, 2017

I   am disabled and bible teacher here in Norway. I would like to participate in IAPCHE Conference.  Due to my condition I will come with an accompany from Ghana to come and assist me.
I may need an invitation to enable me apply for visa .

Posted by Christopher Kontoh on October 20, 2017

I am women fellowship secretary and I will like to attend the coming IAPCHE Conference . I hope my coming to the conference will me in my christian work and to offer help to a brother who is a disabled and planning to come to the conference from Norway.
I may need invitation letter to help me apply for visa to attend the conference.

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