Meet Kurt Senske

Dr. Kurt Senske, 43, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc., a multi-faceted social service agency with an annual operating budget of more than $70 million. During his tenure at LSS, he has been responsible for more than doubling the size of the agency and steering the once-troubled agency back to financial stability. Dr. Senske's most recent work is, Executive Values: A Christian Approach to Organizational Leadership, scheduled to be published in Spring, 2003 by Augsburg Books. More information about Executive Values can be found at

Dr. Senske completed his undergraduate work at Concordia University at Austin and Valparaiso University in Indiana with a degree in Accounting. 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 has worked as a political consultant and senior staff member for candidates and government leaders at local, state and national levels.

Dr. Senske was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Brotherhood, and served as Chair of the Lutheran Brotherhood Foundation. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the newly merged Thrivent Financial For Lutherans, a Fortune 300 financial services organization, and as Trustee of the Thrivent Foundation. He serves as Chair of the Board for Human Care Ministries of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He also currently serves on various committees for Lutheran Services in America and Lutheran World Relief.

A gifted public speaker, Dr. Senske has also been a guest columnist on a variety of issues for newspapers and magazines. He speaks and writes regularly on the topic of "Executive Values". He also provides consulting advice to various organizations and leaders on a wide variety of issues.

Dr. Senske, his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, Sydney, live in Austin, Texas.

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