Each year Gordon invites a select group of heads of Christian secondary schools from around the country for the NEXT Summit. These are schools that have strong leadership and produce graduates who are both academically talented and deeply committed to Christ. Past NEXT Summits have focused on topics such as standardized testing and advancement, and have featured speakers such as David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, and Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist.
NEXT: Growing Enrollment and Thriving in the 21st Century | September 10–11, 2018
NEXT is a professional development conference designed for heads of schools. This year's conference will tackle retention and enrollment, and we are thrilled to welcome speakers with expertise and experience in these areas: Brad Rex, longtime CEO of Epcot; Charles Ramos, Vice President of Ruffalo Noel Levitz and retention guru; and Dr. Donna Harris, who will speak on retention even in times of crisis.
Heads of school are also invited to bring colleagues who work in marketing, retention, or enrollment. Thanks to the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust we are able to waive the registration fee for one guest of each head of school.
The cost for registration before July 15 is $275, and $325 between July 15 and August 31, when registration closes. Registration includes all meals and transportation from the airport to the hotel. Airfare and hotel accommodations are not included in registration.
As longtime CEO of Disney's Epcot theme park and CCO for Hilton's timeshare resorts, Brad Rex has developed a wealth of knowledge in attracting and retaining lifelong customers. He will share inspirational stories and give practical advice on how to create loyal customers while also achieving personal and institutional excellence.
As Vice President of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Charles Ramos advises educational institutions on how best to recruit and retain mission-appropriate students. With two decades of experience in admissions and enrollment leadership, including roles at ACT and Saint Louis University, Charles brings a deep understanding of the best ways to strengthen Christian institutions through proven enrollment strategies.
Donna Harris serves as president of Minnehaha Academy, a legendary Christian school located in the Twin Cities with over a 100-year history. Dr. Harris will share from her personal experience about the incredible efforts Minnehaha has made to retain and continue to recruit students even through a time of crisis.