Chris Vetter earns his doctorate

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Corban Registrar Chris Vetter has come a long way since he started toward his doctoral degree in Leadership Studies in 2004.

Three years after a move to Salem, Ore., from Saskatchewan in 2009, Vetter was granted his doctorate degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. His dissertation focused on “Leadership Competency Models for Non-Profit Leaders” and could be applied by non-profit boards in their hiring and training processes.

“It’s really a composite of skills, traits, motives and knowledge a leader needs in a given role,” Vetter said. “You lead from who you are, and in the non-profit sector a leader really needs to have a high commitment to the organization and its mission.”

His interest in non-profit leadership started as he worked toward his master’s in leadership management from Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan. After completing his master’s degree, he took his experience working on the boards of various mission groups and churches, along with interviews with experts and personal research, and applied the information to existing competency models to develop his dissertation.

Although he has no immediate plans to publish, he hopes the information will circulate and be used by social service agency boards as they select new leadership.

Vetter completed his final defense for his Ph.D on Jan. 26 and will walk with his class at Gonzaga on May 12.

  • Chris Vetter earned his Ph.D in January

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