8. March, 2013|Case Studies|Comments Off on Case Study: GideonStone Stands in the Gap During College’s Year of Transition


Challenge: The recently named interim president of the College of Biblical Studies-Houston, a nondenominational Bible college, was faced with the sudden departure of the president, a significant fundraising expectation, an unclear institutional identity and CBS-Houston’s first official regional accreditation visit.

Solution: Facilitated a series of meetings to clarify the school’s identity, develop a vision and create a sense of unity among key audiences. Led to a yearlong consulting engagement focused on strategic planning, higher education leadership support for the interim president, staff and board training related to SACS accreditation, donor communication and special events.


  • Board unanimously approved a bold new vision.
  • CBS staff and board had a successful SACS accreditation Candicacy visit.
  • Board members became highly engaged with a greater sense of unity.
  • Inauguration dinner for new president attracted crowd of 300 community leaders.
  • Leadership-level donors recommitted to CBS.
“During a critical transition in leadership for the College  of Biblical Studies-Houston, Dr. Morris provided a wealth of higher  education experience and knowledge of accreditation standards that  proved invaluable. It would have been extremely difficult for us to meet the deadlines to achieve SACS Candidacy status without her knowledge of higher education best practices.”

Dr. Ivory Varner
Board Chair, College of Biblical Studies-Houston
CBS-Houston Interim President, 2011-12

“Dr. Morris has a gift for facilitating meetings that require  sensitivity, quick-thinking and the ability to adapt with the mood of  the crowd. In watching her work alongside key leaders of the College of  Biblical Studies-Houston for more than a year, I have been impressed by  the depth of her knowledge, her ability to collaborate with people at  every level of the organization, and her work ethic. I would highly  recommend her to any organization or business that desires to set a  vision, communicate more effectively, develop a plan or take a leap  forward in its understanding of itself.”

Matthew Barnes
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
College of Biblical Studies-Houston


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