E. LeBron Fairbanks

E. LeBron Fairbanks, Author

Edward LeBron Fairbanks retired in October 2011 as the education commissioner for the Church of the Nazarene. In this assignment, he served as the administrator of the International Board of Education (IBOE), a consortium of 52 denominational universities, colleges, and seminaries on campuses and learning centers in 120 nations.

Dr. Fairbanks authored the book, Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers. The book has been translated into seven languages. He co-authored the 2008 leadership text, Learning to be Last: Leadership for Congregational Transformation and co-authored in 2012, Best Practices for Effective Board. He created the teaching video, Building Better Boards: A Conversation, produced in 2012, now available in English, Spanish, and Burmese. In addition, he has written numerous books and articles, including the ministerial course of study text, Leading the People of God: Servant Leadership for a Servant Community.

Dr. Fairbanks earned his bachelor’s degree at Trevecca Nazarene University. He also earned three master's degrees— M.A. from Scarritt College, M.Div. from the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and M.Th. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He was designated a Fellow in Pastoral Leadership Education by Princeton Theological Seminary and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Dr. Fairbanks completed the summer program at the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management and was a Research Fellow at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. Fairbanks became Academic Dean in 1978 for the European Nazarene College near Schaffhausen, Switzerland. In 1984, he was elected President of the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, where he served until accepting the presidency of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in July 1989. He served MVNU as university president for 18 years, retiring in 2007.

In retirement, Dr. Fairbanks writes, consults and speaks to governing boards and their leaders. His assignments have taken him in retirement to Australia, Philippines, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Kenya, Argentina, Italy, Korea, Myanmar and the United States. He also serves as adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University.

He and his wife, Anne have one son, Stephen. Dr. Fairbanks can be contacted at lfairbanks@boardserve.org. His blog/website address is www.boardserve.org.

Works by this author

Language: English

"For This We Stand", Values Document

E. LeBron Fairbanks

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A Commitment to Excellence: Strategic Agenda, 1999-2009

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The 1998 document, “A Commitment to Excellence,” is the second of three strategic plans prepared during the 18-year tenue of E. LeBron Fairbanks as president of the university. As with the original document, the Board of Trustees’ members and approximately 60 campus representatives were involved in the process that resulted in the 1998 revision. The results of this collaborative analysis, review, thinking and discussion were eleven strategic initiatives outlined in the document.

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A Sacred Trust

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The “A Sacred Trust” material was presented as an orientation and development session for the General Board, Church of the Nazarene, at the beginning of the 2013 – 2017 quadrennial term. New members from the six global regions of the Church of the Nazarene were present.

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Best Practices for Effective Boards

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Dwight Gunter
James Couchenour
Best Practices for Effective Boards

A local pastor.
A long-standing member of not-for-profit board.
A former president of a university.

These three authors share their wisdom and experiences from decades of board leadership. With specific areas of expertise, they bring 3 distinctive voices and perspectives to the 12 essential principles every leader needs to develop and maintain a healthy governing board.

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Best Practices of Strong and Effective Governing Boards

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The Korea Nazarene University Board of Trustees’ Development Session was presented in September 2019 following the inauguration service and luncheon for KNU’s new president, Dr. David Kyungsoo Kim. Following the two-hour presentation, the consultant continued the discussion with the new KNU president and the new KNU Board of Trustees’ chair. 

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Big Dreams! Great Faith!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The November 2008 Re-dedication Service of the Fairbanks International School of Communication was held on the campus of the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the “Fairbanks Media Center,” now enlarged and expanded and in a new location on the APNTS campus.

A PowerPoint presentation to accompany this address is also available.

 

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Caring for Others...!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This brief address was given on September 2, 2019 during the Korean Nazarene University Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Ki, Kyungsoo (David) as the new KNU president on the magnificent campus in Cheonan, South Korea. 

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Character Counts, Really Counts!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The 2009 Commencement address for the Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya. The address focuses on Christian character formation and character development. The character question is asked, “What sort of people ought we to be?” The reply in 2 Peter 1:3-12 provided the answer: “Men and women of good and godly character.” The address discusses three assertions regarding Christian character.

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College Governance

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This Power Point material was presented in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Africa Institute for Evangelical Leaders. The Institute was sponsored by the Wesleyan Church, Africa Region.

Presidents, Academic Deans, and other members of the schools’ leadership teams of various theological Colleges in Africa participated in the conference.

The material highlights six “best practices” in college governance.  The discussion following the presentation regarding the “best practices” narrowed the focus to:

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Creating Space/Making Room

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The December 2009 Commencement address for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Ohio. The theme of the address focuses on biblical hospitality, as “creating space and making room.” Hospitality, biblically understood, challenges us to relate to others as if we were relating to Christ Himself. It is a way of life for the Christian leader. For the strange and the stranger, the disenfranchised and lonely, and to our family members and friends, creating space and making room is the essence of hospitality, biblically understood.

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Education for a Lifestyle of Service

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The Inaugural Address of E. LeBron Fairbanks, fifth president of Mount Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene College, was presented on March 2, 1990. It articulates his core convictions about Christian higher education.

Summarized are his leadership style, curriculum commitments and a perspective on “Education for a Lifestyle of Service.” The address outlines the foundation for such a perspective, a model for it, and the results of a commitment to it.

 

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Five Non-negotiables for Local Church Board Health

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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Leadership Vision for Southern Africa Nazarene University

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The October 22, 2010 Installation address on the occasion of the launching of the Southern Africa Nazarene University in Manzini, Swaziland and the installation of Dr. Winnie Nhlengethwa as the first Vice-Chancellor of the university.

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Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!

 

Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers is a multi-ethnic, undergraduate level text on leading decisively and faithfully in Christian communities. The book reflects convictions to which leaders remain captive while living and leading as maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Leading the People of God - Faculty and Student Guides

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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Teacher resource

Learning to be Last: Leadership for Congregational Transformation

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Learning to be Last

How do you define success in Christian leadership?

Most of us look to the example of Christ to answer this question; but when we really stop and examine our motives and actions, how many of us really understand and emulate Christ's words in Luke 22:7: I am among you as one who serves.

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Legacy of a "Worthy" Leader

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This Commencement address was given in March 2010 at the graduation service of the Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College, Bangladesh Extension Center.

A record 194 students received their diplomas in the service from SEANBC.

The focus of the address is on leaving a legacy of an Ephesians 4:1 “Worthy” leader…who is Christian leader, a servant leader, and a Spirit-filled leader.  

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Living Together in a Diverse Christian Community Ephesians 4:1-3, 25-32

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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APNTS Chapel Service

Edward LeBron Fairbanks, President Emeritus

August 24, 2017

Cobb Worship Center

11:00 AM

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Mentoring and Modeling Leadership Character

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The plenary address was given at the National Association of Christian College Admission Personnel (NACCAP) annual meeting in June 2003 on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Three vocational vision affirmations are discussed for NACCAP members.

The thesis of the paper is this: “For the students you recruit, you can become leadership role models who exemplify, in word and deed, the very character qualities and values you most admire in others.”

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Mentoring and Modeling Leadership Character

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Mentoring and Modeling Leadership Character Book
Modeling and mentoring leadership character is not a choice; it is a requirement for our own success and that of the institutions we represent. Mentoring and Modeling Leadership Character is filled with best practices for ethical leadership to help leaders represent Christ and their institutions for best possible outcomes. This book is an essential resource to leaders who are passionate about nurturing
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