Head of Covenant Christian School Selected for Van Lunen Fellowship

The Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College has
announced its tenth cohort, the 2016-2017 Van Lunen fellows.

Erika Jordan, Head of School, Covenant Christian School, Williamsburg, VA, has been selected by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College for a 2016-2017 fellowship.

The Fellows program is designed for school heads who seek advanced 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, fund raising 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 on-line tools, and in person to assist fellows with a crucial school project.

For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/vanlunen/vanlunen_fellows/

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