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JAE 2019-1: School Boards

Focusing on school boards, Volume 81, Issue 1 (2019) of The Journal of Adventist Education is now available online. In his guest editorial titled Called to Lead in Tumultuous Times, Bordes Henry Saturné discusses the substantial amount of tumult the world of education has seen in recent decades and the opportunities these challenges can provide. Additional titles in this issue include:

​​Ten Mandates for Today’s Education Board Chair by Ella Smith Simmons
“Today’s board chairs are tested more than ever. The realities impacting educational institutions and challenging their boards are different from those of the past several decades and continue to change, sometimes at rapid rates.”

A College President and Her Board: Reflection on the Journey by Arceli Rosario
After unexpectedly becoming a college president, the author gained experience working with the board of education. Read her detailed best-practice tips and advice to current and future college and university presidents.

Some Legal Considerations for Operating Boards in Adventist Schools (K-12) by Lyndon Furst
“This article will identify some aspects of the law that may impact the decision-making process for board members of Seventh-day Adventist schools. It will focus on raising awareness rather than providing deep legal analysis.” Specific areas covered are government regulation, student discipline, employee relations, child abuse, and government aid to Adventist schools.

A Board’s Duty of Care in Financial Oversight: How to Avoid the Question: “Where Was the Board?” by Annetta Gibson
“Being a member of an institution’s board, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, carries significant responsibilities, including three important fiduciary duties: the duty of care; the duty of loyalty; and the duty of obedience.”

Building a Working Relationship Between Institutional Boards and Accrediting and Chartering Authorities by Hudson Kibuuka
“Ultimately, boards must develop strong negotiating skills based on the purpose and mission of their institution, and use a Christian ethical stance when engaging with these agencies and organizations. A healthy prayer life, team spirit, and ongoing orientation and training are essential and integral to successful relationships with chartering agencies and accrediting organizations, and a vital part of effective board functioning.”

Governance and Spirituality: The Profound Impact of Board Members’ Spiritual Health on the Institutions They Govern by Bordes Henry Saturné
“A single person moved by the Holy Spirit can be a channel of blessings and make a substantial difference in Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions. Conversely, a board member who is disconnected from the Spirit, even for a short time, can cause a lot of damage.”

The Moral Work of School Boards by Duane Covrig
“Ethics and moral growth, in individuals and communities, are facilitated through complex interactions related to cognitive development, cultural development, emotional intelligence, spiritual maturity, and social influence.”

Preparing to Serve on the Local K-12 School Board by Craig Mattson
“Congratulations! You have just accepted the invitation to serve on the local K-12 school board. Now what? Our schools are sacred—consecrated to God; each institution is an important link in a global network dedicated to educating children in Christ.”

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