Great Trail Council

College of Commissioner Science

Great Trail Council 2019


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Rick Hillenbrand

National Commissioner Service Commissioner Technology Chair

Kent United Church of Christ

(map below)

1400 East Main Street

Kent, OH 44240

Plan to join us for a new and exciting

2018 Commissioner College

Joe Mako, Chancellor


Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Participant $35.00

Staff $15.00

After October 30, 2019 at 11:59 it's $40.00

All of the curriculum for this year’s college are completely new or rewritten courses that are now more aligned with current commissioner service functions. These courses include the integration of Commissioner Tools and place more emphasis on the five commissioner objectives.

2019 courses (tentative as of 6/20/2019)

Prerequisite: Basic Commissioner Training. You may access this training online at

Anyone from any council is welcome to this college put on by Great Trail.

Degree Requirements and reciprocity agreement.

You may register for one of the following four college tracks: Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate I and II, and Continuing Education. Check here to see the prerequisites and requirements for each degree. Also there is information on earning the Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot award.

Course Schedule and faculty

The schedule of times and faculty can be seen here when ready.

The Bachelor Program (course numbers 100-299)

Dean Mark Messerly, Great Trail Council (

The Bachelor Program consists of courses that will augment commissioner basic training. Basic training should be completed before beginning the bachelor program. The courses cover some of the same topics but they are all covered more in depth and with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

107 Journey to Excellence

150 Roundtables in Commissioner Service

109 The Essential Element (A Servant's Heart)

117 Commissioner & Unit Key 3

116 Collaborative Assessments

The Master Program (course number 300-499)

The Master Program offers more advanced courses. These courses will be most beneficial to an experienced or an administrative commissioner. Again many of the topics are familiar but are explained in more detail with more student interaction. All courses are newly revised in 2018.


Stephanie Rickets, Lake Erie Council (

Bill Lovell, Great Trail Council (

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

305 Resolving Critical Unit Issues

302 On Time Charter Renewal

304 Commissioner Service for Units at Risk

316 Developing the Unit Service Plan

315 Effective UNit Service in Rural Communities

350 Unit and Rountable Commissioners Working Together

The Doctorate Program

The Doctorate Program consists of the courses required to write an approved thesis or complete an approved project. In addition, there are some advanced courses available for the very experienced commissioner. All courses are newly revised in 2018.

Dean David Rice, Great Trail Council (

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

501 Selecting Your Project or Thesis Topic

502 Limiting the Scope of the Topic

503 Developing Your Project or Thesis

504 Project Thesis Open Workshop Forum

Presentation of Doctoral Thesis by Terry Bingham, Fritz Coombs and Ken Facazio

The Continuing Education Program (course numbers 700-899)

The Continuing Education curriculum was created to encourage those with a doctorate to continue to learn new topics, and for those who hold a master degree but do not aspire to complete their doctorate.

Dean Steven Myers, Great Trail Council (

Courses Offered (see course descriptions)

701 Combatting Commissioners Stree/Burnout

712 Friendstorming

716 Conflict Resolutioon for Commissioners

720 A Commissioner's Introduction to Valuing Diversity

707 Becoming a Project/Thesis Advisor

312 Recruiting New Commissioners