Dr. Kurt Senske, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), was awarded the Outstanding Executive Award by the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). ALDE is a resource for Lutheran and other Christian fundraising and communication professionals. The award “honors the CEO or president who serves the Lutheran church through deed and example.” Attributes of the ALDE Outstanding Executive are: “Visionary and inspirational leadership, effectiveness in management and fundraising, boldness in proclaiming the importance of Christian stewardship through public speaking or writing, and commitment to the mission of the church beyond the sphere of his/her organization.” The award will be presented to Dr. Senske at ALDE’s annual educational conference banquet, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 10, 2013.
LSS is a multi-service nonprofit social service agency in Texas and Louisiana with an annual budget of $90 million. LSS provides foster care and adoption services through 15 offices, and operates two children’s residential treatment centers, one emergency refugee children’s shelter, five senior living communities, emergency assistance in the Lubbock area, and help and support for hurricane and other disaster victims.
During his 15-year tenure as CEO at LSS, Dr. Senske has been responsible for more than tripling the size of the 131-year-old agency. He led the growth of the agency to its current status as the largest provider of children’s services in Texas, broadened and diversified the senior services portfolio, and guided the successful conclusion of thousands of claims made by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike victims while strengthening fiscal agency health and improving the quality of LSS programs.
Dr. Senske served as chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services organization and on the Board of Lutheran Services in America. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, 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.
Dr. Senske is the author of three books, The Calling: Live a Life of Significance, Executive Values: A Christian Approach to Organizational Leadership, and Personal Values: God’s Game Plan For Life.