Last week the Marylhurst University Center for Servant Leadership hosted a visit from Dr. Valentyna Yakuba and Dr. Vicktor Ogneviuk, current Rector (President) of Borys Grinchenko Kiyv University. We also welcomed Dr. Marshall Christensen, Founder of Co-Serve International, who accompanied our guests and delegated the event. The Borys Grinchenko Kiyv University is a liberal arts institution in Ukraine that offers Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D.s provides and education to more than 7,000 students and 7,500 teachers a year who go through in-service training at many prestigious institutions. Co-Serve International is a partner of the Center for Servant Leadership that runs a two-year international servant leadership training program at Borys Grinchenko University. The purpose of this visit was to learn more about the mission and vision of the Center for Servant Leadership and how the Center integrates with the larger Marylhurst community.
During a presentation and walking tour of the Marylhurst campus we discussed the rich history of Marylhurst University, the values of the Sisters of the Holy Names and how those values animate university operations today. Dr. Ogneviuk was deeply interested in the “how” of turning values into practical operations of a large institution. This great question led us to discuss the role of faculty in university governance and the practice of open dialog around shared value systems. We discussed the great value of creating a culture of trust, so that even when friction points inevitably occur, dialog and shared interest prevail. It was wonderful to share with one another our servant leadership beliefs, values, and hopes for the future.
As we continued the servant leadership conversation, we learned from one another about the importance of appreciating the resources that we have and maintaining the praxis of servant leadership in our daily routine. At the end of the visit, Dr. Ogneviuk invited Marylhurst Center for Servant Leadership Director, David McNamee, to visit Borys Grinchenko University next fall and assist him as he tries to create a culture of servant leadership for his institution. We look forward to hearing more about Dr. Ogneviuk’s work and joining him in his servant leadership endeavors.
We are thankful for the wonderful opportunity to host such a beautiful visit, and the chance to share with our servant leader friends in the Ukraine. We thank the Co-Serve International for arranging this event, and for its partnership with the Center. We are very honored and grateful to be part of such an amazing international community of servant leaders.
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