Office of the President

Regents at PLU on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (Photo/John Froschauer)

The Board of Regents consists of a maximum of 37 voting members:

  • The President of the university, ex-officio
  • Three Bishops of the synods of Region 1 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Eighteen from the membership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (three are pastors)
  • Three Alumni
  • Twelve at-large regents


Severson '04
ChairRetired Banking Executive
Gig Harbor, Wash.
EdGrogan '93Vice ChairWealth Manager and President, Summit Financial GroupGig Harbor, Wash.
MichelleLong '85Vice ChairUnit Manager, Process Research Division, Chevron Energy Technology GroupRichmond, Calif.
DarrenHamby '87, '92Vice ChairHuman Resources ConsultantSeattle, Wash.
BradTilden '83SecretaryPresident & CEO - Alaska Airlines & Alaska Airlines GroupSeattle, Wash.
BeltonTreasurerVP for Finance and Administration - Pacific Lutheran University, Advisory Non-Voting Member to the Board
Tacoma, Wash.
ThomasKriseEx-OfficioPresident - Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacoma, Wash.


DanielAlsakerPresident, Alsaker CorporationSpokane, Wash.
DaleBenson '63Retired Investment ManagerPortland Ore.
JonetteBlakney '85Pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran ChurchCarson, Wash.
SusanCaulkins '82Attorney, Davies Pearson PCTacoma, Wash.
AndrewFinstuen '99Associate Professor & Director of Honors College, Boise State UniversityBoise, Idaho
Gould '91
First Vice President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.
EdwardGrogan '93Financial Planner and President, Summit Financial GroupGig Harbor, Wash.
DarrenHamby '87, '92Human Resources ConsultantSeattle, Wash.
Darryl (Tony)Hicks '75Corporate Executive, Hospira WorldwideScottsdale, Ariz.
MackHogansConsultant & CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting Services, LLCBellevue, Wash.
MattIseri '99President & CEO, TokoSako ConsultingSeattle, Wash.
RichardJaechBishop, Southwestern Washington SynodTacoma, Wash.
LisaKittilsby '84Vice President, Miles Sand & Gravel CompanyMercer Island, Wash.
LisaKorsmo '87Teacher, Custer Elementary SchoolLakewood, Wash.
President, Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Wash.
RichardLarson '71Retired Banking ExecutiveGig Harbor, Wash.
MichelleLong '85Unit Manager, Experimental Systems, ChevronNovato, Calif.
OsamuMatsutaniPhysicianAnchorage, Alaska
MarkMiller '88Vice President & CIO, Plum Creek Timber CompanyEdgewood, Wash.
BrendaMorris '91Senior Vice President Finance, Hot Topic Inc./Director, Boot Barn HoldingsLake Tapps, Wash.
NancyPowellReal Estate Developer, Northface Development CompanyGig Harbor, Wash.
JeffreyRippey '78Director, JFR FoundationPortland, Ore.
Rothenberger '77
Director and Clinical Faculty Member, Master of Education in Secondary Special Education Program, University of Washington
Seattle, Wash.
JanRuud '79Pastor, St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the NarrowsTacoma, Wash.
Retired, Banking Executive
Gig Harbor, Wash.
JerrySkaga '72, '73Retired Educator and Real Estate InvestorGig Harbor, Wash.
LaurieSoine '88Nurse Practitioner, University of Washington Medical CenterSeattle, Wash.
CharleenTachibana '77Senior VP, Hospital Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, Virginia Mason Medical CenterWoodinville, Wash.
BradTilden '83President & CEO, Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air GroupSeattle, Wash.
MartinWellsBishop, Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, ELCASpokane, Wash.
ShelleyWickstromBishop, Alaska Synod, ELCAAnchorage, Alaska
DonaldWilson '74President & General Manager, Wilson Construction CompanyLake Oswego, Ore.