Dr. Kurt Senske is Chief Executive Officer of Upbring (formerly Lutheran Social Services of the South), a multi-faceted, multi-state, social service agency with an annual operating budget of over $75 million and more than 750 employees. During his tenure at LSS/Upbring, he has been responsible for more than tripling the size of the agency and bringing the agency back to financial stability.
Dr. Senske completed his undergraduate work at Concordia University at Austin and Valparaiso University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He holds a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, a master’s degree in International Relations from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to working at LSS, Dr. Senske served as Assistant to the President at Concordia University at Austin. Dr. Senske also practiced law in Chicago, Illinois with several law firms, including the firm of Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban and Fuller. In addition, he served as a political consultant and senior staff member for candidates and government leaders at local, state and national levels in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
Dr. Senske formerly served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services organization. He serves on the Board of Directors of the In-Faith Community Foundation as well as on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Dr. Senske is the author of four books: Wine and the Word: Savor & Serve; The Calling: Living a Life of Significance; Executive Values: A Christian Approach to Organizational Leadership; and Personal Values: God’s Game Plan For Life.
Dr. Senske, his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, Sydney, live in Austin, Texas.