08 Nov 2022
08 Nov 2022

2022 ATS Financial Officers Conference

  • Price: $200.00


By registration; In a recent ATS study on leadership, the greatest cause of work-related stress for CFOs was "finding a sustainable business model" for their schools. The greatest causes of work-related stress for CEOs were "solving enrollment challenges" and "finding a sustainable business model." Clearly, many see the enrollment and business models for theological education as broken. Join your fellow ATS financial officers for plenaries, hands-on workshops, and plenty of intentional conversation space to wrestle with, challenge, and solve for sustainability in both enrollment and economics (Mission & Money). If you are an ATS financial officer, you really need to be part of this significant work. #ATSCFOS2022


Registration and Welcoming Reception
(Participants will want to arrive on November 8 to fully participate in the event that will take place on November 9 and 10.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration; Meet-and-greet reception to meet new and old friends

The Business Model of Theological Education
(breakfast on your own)
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Participants will work together in plenary and in small groups on a deeper understanding and analysis of the business model of theological education. Attendees will be provided with a framework designed to develop broader community awareness of the challenges facing theological schools and their business models. This framework will allow for a deeper understanding for financial officers, and provide a structure for sharing financial information with the theological schools community. Our guest facilitator will be David Rowe, founder of TransformingCollege.com and president of The Windermere Group, LLC.

A networking reception and dinner will be held in the evening.

Solving for Sustainability
(breakfast on your own)
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Participants will work together in plenary and in small groups to "solve for sustainability." Attendees will imagine, design, and iterate an equation that can be used within their schools to help others understand and discuss more deeply the challenges and opportunities of enrollment and economics (Mission & Money). The facilitator will be Chris Meinzer, ATS senior director and COO, who has been working with ATS leaders for nearly 25 years to consider the interrelationship between mission and money. He thinks it is time for financial officers to lead the industry forward in findings some ways to solve the ever-present challenges of enrollment and economics–and do it together!

Free evening for further networking with others.



Monday, October 17, 2022,
 on or before 4 p.m. ET

The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel is located at 5445 Forbes Place, Orlando, FL 32812-9010, (407) 240-1000; approximately one mile from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

A block of rooms is being held at a group rate of $169 for single/double occupancy (first-come, first-served basis), which includes complimentary airport shuttle service and complimentary Internet in guest rooms. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms.

During the conference, breakfast vouchers are available at the hotel front desk for $18.00, which can be used at restaurants including Fresco Moderne Brasserie at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel.

Click the hotel link above to make your room reservation online to get the group rate. (24-hour cancellation policy or a cancellation fee will apply)

Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.

• All guests arriving before 3 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available. Bell staff can arrange to check baggage for guests arriving early or when attending afternoon functions on departure day.
• The hotel will offer the group rate three days pre- and post-event dates, pending room availability.
• Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in (currently 12.5%).

On-site parking is discounted at $8 USD daily

The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m., available upon request.

Airport Pickups
The Renaissance Airport Hotel asks that, after collecting your bags at the airport, you call the hotel for pick-up at 407-240-1000 and select option 2 for airport pick-up. You will be connected to the shuttle service that will give you an approximate wait time and location for pick-up. Depending in which terminal you are located, the pick-up spot is either A42 or B39.

Airport Drop-offs
Return shuttle service to Orlando International Airport from the hotel is provided 24 hours per day, every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour. The hotel asks that you be in the lobby five minutes before departure.

Chris A. Meinzer

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Chris A. Meinzer

Chris A. Meinzer, senior director and COO for The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Since joining the ATS staff in 1999, he has provided oversight of ATS financial and business affairs as well as the ATS institutional database—a repository of institutional, enrollment, personnel, financial, and development data provided by ATS members. Meinzer has done extensive analysis and research of this data and presented his findings in a variety of settings to administrators and boards of theological schools.

In addition, he has provided counsel to ATS member schools on issues of finances, organizational planning, and strategic thinking. Through discussions with theological schools and their leadership, Meinzer has encouraged reflection on intergenerational stewardship and its impact on both academics and economics within these schools. He has designed and implemented a revision of the ATS Strategic Information Report, a useful strategic tool that provides ATS member schools with peer and industry data on a variety of market fundamentals.

Meinzer holds an accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

David Rowe

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David Rowe

David Rowe is founder of TransformingCollege.com and president of The Windermere Group, LLC. He is the former interim president of Lancaster Theological Seminary and immediate past president of Centenary College of Louisiana. Rowe serves as the private higher education practice leader for AGB Consulting and as a governance coach for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools. He earned an MDiv from Candler School of Theology of Emory University, a PhD in educational policy studies from Georgia State University, and a certificate in ecumenical studies from the University of Geneva.


Monday, October 17, 2022

Discounted Registration Fee: $200.00
Spouse/Guest Fee: $75.00 (covers all meals including the welcome reception)

Participants will need to cover the costs of lodging and transportation to and from Orlando.

A block of rooms has been reserved for a group rate of $169 for single/double occupancy at The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel.

Dress is business casual.

Monica Laughery

Date & Time
Tue, Nov 08, 2022 , 6 p.m. ET
Thu, Nov 10, 2022 , 4:30 p.m. ET

Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel Orlando, FL

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