Office of the President

Thomas W. Krise

Thomas W. Krise


253-535-7101 (office)



Early Caribbean literature

Early American literature

17th and 18th century British literature


The president oversees the university. PLU has 3,461 students studying 44 majors and 52 minors as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, finance, creative writing, education, marriage and family therapy, and nursing. PLU hosts more than 100 students clubs and organizations and fields 20 varsity teams competing in the Northwest Conference of NCAA Division III. He is responsible for 737 employees, including a faculty of 283, organized into seven schools and divisions: Arts and Communication, Business, Education and Movement Studies, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences, with a total budget of more than $110 million. He also holds a full professorship with tenure in the Department of English.


B.S. in History, United States Air Force Academy, 1983

M.S.A in Human resources management, Central Michigan University, 1986

M.A. in English language and literature, University of Minnesota, 1989

Ph.D. in English language and literature, University of Chicago, 1995

The son and grandson of Army medical service officers, he was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his early childhood in Washington, D.C., and on military posts across the U.S. and in Germany. He lived aboard a sailboat for the better part of two years and then attended high school on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where he was a deckhand, a dive master, and an Eagle Scout. He is married to Patricia Love Krise, a native of Indianapolis, who earned a B.A. from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Miami University of Ohio. She has been a Fortune-50 manager and executive for more than 25 years, currently with the Ford Motor Company. They live at Gonyea House, the official residence of the President of PLU, in Tacoma, Washington.