Online Certificate in Servant Leadership

September 13 - November 1, 2022

In 2001, Viterbo University was the first university in the world to offer a Master’s degree in Servant Leadership. Twenty years later we are still the only Master’s degree in Servant Leadership in the nation. During those 20 years, more than 300 graduates continue to serve their organizations and communities in the fields of health care, education, military, religious institutions, large and small businesses, and non-profits.  

This seven-week, non-credit-certificate features the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule, at an affordable price,  with world-class instructors. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences as a leader and to develop skills in communication, storytelling, and ethical decision-making to help build your community and create a servant-led culture within your institution.

Online Certificate Schedule
Session 1 Posted Online September 13 (learn at your own pace) Welcome and Introductions—meet the instructors and fellow cohort members
Optional Zoom: 7-8:30pm CST on September 13
Session 2 Posted Online September 20 (learn at your own pace) “Servant Leadership Theory and Practice”
Session 3 Posted Online September 27 (learn at your own pace) “Listening and Self-awareness”
Session 4 Posted Online October 4 (learn at your own pace) “Leading Change and Transitions”
Optional Zoom: 7-8:30pm CST on October 4
Session 5 Posted Online October 11 (learn at your own pace) “Mission, Purpose, and Vocation”
Session 6  Posted Online October 18 (learn at your own pace) “Building Community”
Optional Zoom: 7-8:30pm CST on October 18
Session 7 Posted Online October 25 (learn at your own pace)    “Building a Servant-Led Culture”
Optional Zoom: 7-8:30pm CST on November 1


Meet Your Instructors


Thomas Thibodeau - Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership
Thomas Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University where he has been teaching for 39 years. Tom is the founder of the master's degree in Servant leadership at Viterbo, the first and only master's degree of its kind in the nation. He is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, active community member and part owner of a country tavern. Thibodeau speaks and consults regionally and nationally on the Positive Power of Servant Leadership.



Robert Toomey, Ed.DLearning & Talent Development Consultant
Robert Toomey, Ed.D., is a learning and talent development consultant. He has previously served in training and professional development for several public agencies. While serving as program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, Robert was founding director of the Servant Leadership Certificate program. Prior to receiving a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College, Robert earned a M.A. in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.

To inquire further, please contact Nicole Van Ert, Director of the Center for Professional Learning and Development at