News & Insights

The Newsletter for Chairs of Theological School Boards
Vol. 2 No. 8

Over the past few months, I’ve mentioned our new Governance Initiative, and today, I’m excited to tell you more and invite you to participate in it!
Thanks to a generous multi-year award from Lilly Endowment Inc., the In Trust Center’s Governance Initiative will explore what governance of theological schools looks like, consider the necessary practices and models, and then determine how we best offer support.
This week, we’ve launched a survey of executive leaders and advisory and governing boards of theological schools in partnership with the Association of Theological Schools. You should have received an email about it earlier this week.
I have two requests:

  • First, if you haven’t completed the survey, would you plan some time to do so? It should take about 15 minutes.
  • Second, would you also encourage your board to take the survey?

Your and your board’s participation are essential because the survey will provide a fuller understanding of the field and help us frame the work ahead. It’s the first survey of its kind in the field in more than a decade.
If you haven’t received the email with the survey or you need the survey link, please email the team here. We’ll quickly respond. You can also find more information on our website here
Thank you in advance for your participation in this important work.

With gratitude for all you do in theological education,

Amy Kardash

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The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

Strategic Partnerhips


In this on-demand webinar, Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, will discuss essential aspects of strategic partnerships. He will explore current trends, identify partners, navigate the due diligence process, and addresses common challenges. In addition to technical components of partnerships, he will also examine the intangible – yet critical – elements of partnerships, such as building trust and managing relationships.

Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.


In Trust Center provides Resource Consulting to our members at no charge. Contact us today and let us guide you to the most helpful resources for your situation.

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