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  • Aspirations : Change of leadership perspective in Christian higher education, especially for religious education. Measuring achievement : realization of vision Concern for followers : Separate work responsibilities from friendship. Do not do things out of guilt. Major Challenge : Too many responsibilities. Not able to delegate Motivation: Vision Leadership style : By example. Serving God’s plan.
  • Key Success factors : Competence, Love for people, Networking, Organized work, Communication, Value of the people. Difference between Christian & secular : Amount of work, Different philosophy, Goals. Greatest Challenge : Lack of loyalty to Christian education, Funding in certain areas Jane’s Model : McVay (Current president, Walla Walla): never embarrassed a faculty, always planning ahead,, seeing that change is bound to occur in the seminary, always discusses things with faculty, building community Leadership traits : Vision, Trust in God’s providence and power, Partnership with God.

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  • Leadership in High ED: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer By Juvénal Balisasa (June 21, 2010)
    • Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • Dr. Jane Thayer is
    • Associate Professor
    • Emerita of Religious
    • Education in the Seventh-
    • day Adventist Seminary-AU.
    • During her 25 years of full-time
    • service at Andrews University,
    • she served as contract teacher,
    • Director for public relations,
    • Assistant professor of religious
    • education, Director of University assessment, Associate professor of religious education, and Director of the Ph.D in Religious Education Program. Her areas of special interest or expertise are Christian formation, Assessment of spirituality/religiosity, Spiritual Development of Young Adults, and Discipleship.
    • Reasons for choosing Dr. Jane Thayer
    • Her long leadership experience in higher education
    • The important leadership positions she has held in higher education
    • Personal interest in her Christian leadership traits
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • What I hoped to learn form her
    • Communication skills in higher education
    • Quality assurance in higher education
    • Priorities in higher education
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • The Interview procedure :
    • Preliminary contacts
    • Sharing interview questions before interview session
    • Interview session
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • Interview question: 3 main areas
    • Biographical information
    • Jane Thayer’s leadership development in higher education
    • Jane Thayer’s Perspective on leadership in higher education
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • A. Biography
    • A point of special interest :
    • Among many interesting life events and decisions that have shape her leadership personality and style, Jane chose to let her faculty life cycle suffer for 14 years in order to care for her two kids! This happened during the time when “being a house wife was considered,” as she puts it, “a waste of women’s brain!”
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • A. Biography
    • Leadership Outcome of such a radical choice :
    • Dr. Jane says: “Through that experience, I leant to develop my personality and worth outside my work...the biggest lesson I have learnt is that I am a child of God...I am not dependent on my title...My identity is in Christ.”
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • B. Her leadership development
    • in higher education:
    • Aspirations
    • Measuring leadership achievements
    • Concern for followers/subordinates
    • Major challenge
    • Motivation
    • Leadership style
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • C. Her Perspective of higher education :
    • Key success factors
    • Difference between Christian and secular leadership in higher education
    • The greatest challenge for a Seventh-day Adventist leader in higher education
    • Jane’s (human) model leader
    • Leadership traits Jane wishes those she leads should learn from her
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • The take away:
    • The true identity of a Christian higher education leader is in Christ, not in tittles and positions
    • Leadership success in higher education centers on Visioning, Competence, Love for people, Networking, Organized work, Communication, Value of the people
    • Rewarding leadership requires a mind that clearly sets life priorities and gets ready to pay the price along the way.
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer
    • Relevance of the interview
    • for leadership in higher education
    • Keeping the vision and working toward it
    • “ What my university’s religious education program needs today is someone who can envision what it should be in the coming years. I can do that. It needs someone who knows the people and the culture of the university. I know that . It needs someone who can network with denominational leaders and evangelical Christian educators. I enjoy that . It needs someone who can understand recruitment processes and develop recruitment materials. I can do that . It needs someone who has a passion for seeing it thrive. Here I am .” ( Jane Thayer)
    Leadership in High ED.: Interview with Dr. Jane Thayer