Office of the President

The Board of Regents consists 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.
BrendaMorris '91Vice ChairSenior VP, Hot Topic Inc./Director, Boot Barn HoldingsSan Jose, Calif.
EdGrogan '93Vice ChairWealth Manager and President, Summit Financial GroupGig Harbor, Wash.
MichelleLong '85Vice ChairUnit Manager, Process Research Division, Chevron Energy Technology GroupRichmond, Calif.
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.
LindaBarbo '63Community VolunteerSeattle, Wash.
DaleBenson '63Retired Investment ManagerPortland Ore.
GayleBerg '72Homemaker/Rancher, Berg Ranch Co. Martinsdale, Mont.
DavidBrauer-Rieke '78Bishop, Oregon Synod, ELCAMilwaukie, Ore.
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, California
EdwardGrogan '93Financial Planner and President, Summit Financial GroupGig Harbor, Wash.
DarrenHamby '87, '92Sr. Vice President and Director of HR, Federal Home Loan Bank of SeattleSeattle, Wash.
RoeHatlen '65Owner, Hatlen InvestmentsApple Valley, Minn.
Darryl (Tony)Hicks '75Corporate Executive, Hospira WorldwideScottsdale, Ariz.
MackHogansConsultant & CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting Services, LLCBellevue, Wash
RichardJaechBishop, Southwestern Washington SynodTacoma, Wash.
LisaKittilsby '84Vice President, Miles Sand & Gravel CompanyMercer Island, Wash.
MarkKnudson '70President and CEO, EnteroMedics, Inc.Shoreview, Minn.
LisaKorsmo '87Teacher, Custer Elementary SchoolLakewood, Wash.
President, Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
JonKvinsland '63Dentist, Kvinsland DentistryGig Harbor, Wash.
MichelleLong '85Manager, Biofuels, ChevronKaty, Texas
OsamuMatsutaniPhysicianAnchorage, Alaska
BrendaMorris '91CFO, 5.11 TacticalLake Tapps, Wash.
DavidPetersDirector for Evangelical Mission, Montana Synod, ELCABillings, Mont.
NancyPowellReal Estate Developer, Northface Development CompanyGig Harbor, Wash.
JeffreyRippey '78Director, JFR FoundationPortland, Ore.
PamRussell '72Retired Solutions Manager, IBMSan Diego, Calif.
Rothenberger '77
Director and Clinical Faculty Member, Master of Education in Secondary Special Education Program, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
JanRuud '79Pastor, St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the NarrowsTacoma, Wash.
DonnaSchlittCommunity VolunteerPortland, Ore.
Retired, Banking Executive
Gig Harbor, Washington
JerrySkaga '72, '73Retired Educator and Real Estate InvestorGig Harbor, 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.
Tom EricVraalsenAmbassador/Special Adviser to Ministry of Foreign AffairsOslo, Norway
MartinWellsBishop, Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, ELCASpokane, Wash.
DonaldWilson '74President & General Manager, Wilson Construction CompanyLake Oswego, Ore.