Board of Regents

Ownership, Support, Government:

The university is owned and operated by Pacific Lutheran University, Inc., a Washington corporation whose purpose is higher learning. The PLU corporation meets annually on the PLU campus to elect regents and to conduct other business. The corporation consists of 125 delegates from the six synods of Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The 37-member Board of Regents includes members of ELCA congregations, representatives from the Alumni Association, at-large members, bishops from the synods of Region I, and the University president.

The policy making and governing body of the University is the Board of Regents. On the basis of recommendations made by the president, it charts a course for the University and strives to provide essential funds. The student body and the faculty have non-voting representatives who meet with the board. The installation of new Board of Regents Officers occurs each October. The Board of Regents for the Academic Year of 2015-16 will be installed in October 2015.

OFFICERS 2015-16
NAME TITLE
Gary Severson Chair
Ed Grogan Vice Chair
Michelle Long Vice Chair
Brenda Morris Vice Chair
Brad Tilden Secretary
Thomas W. Krise President, PLU; Ex-Officio
MEMBERS
Class of 2013-16
NAME AREA REPRESENTS
Dale Benson Lake Oswego, OK ELCA
David Brauer-Rieke Portland, OR Bishop, ELCA
Andrew Finstuen Boise, ID ELCA
Darren Hamby Seattle, WA ELCA
D. Tony Hicks Scottsdale, AZX At-Large
Mack Hogans Bellevue, WA At-Large
Richard Jaech Tacoma, WA Bishop, ELCA
Lisa Korsmo Lakewood, WA ELCA
Michelle Long Katy, TX At-Large
Osamu Matsutani Anchorage, AK ELCA
Nancy Powell Gig Harbor, WA At-Large
Pam Russell San Diego, CA Alumni
Jan Ruud Tacoma, WA ELCA
Martin Wells Spokane, WA Bishop, ELCA
Class of 2014-17
NAME TITLE REPRESENTS
Daniel Alsaker Spokane, WA ELCA
Neal Arntson Vancouver, WA ELCA
Bruce Bjerke Seattle, WA At-Large
Estelle Kelley Portland, OR At-Large
Brenda Morris Lake Tapps, WA At-Large
Jeffrey Rippey Hood River, OR At-Large
Jerry Skaga Gig Harbor, WA ELCA
Charleen Tachibana Woodinville, WA ELCA
Bradley Tilden Seattle, WA Alumni
Andrew Yee Camano Island, WA ELCA
Class of 2015-18
NAME AREA REPRESENTS
Linda Barbo Seattle, WA At-Large
Gayle Berg Martinsdale, MT ELCA
Edward Grogan Gig Harbor, WA ELCA
Roe Hatlen Big Fork, MT At-Large
Lisa Kittilsby Mercer Island, WA ELCA
Mark Knudson St. Paul, MN At-Large
Jon Kvinsland Gig Harbor, WA Alumni
David Peters Billings, MT ELCA
Donna Schilitt Portland, OR ELCA
Tom Eric Vraalsen Oslo, Norway At-Large
Donald Wilson Canby, OR ELCA
PLU ADVISORY
NAME OFFICE
Joanna Royce-Davis Vice President for Student Life
Donna Gibbs Vice President for Marketing and Communications
David Lee Vice President for Advancement
Steven P. Starkovich Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Allan Belton Vice President for Finance and Administration
Kevin O’Brien Religion, Faculty
Joanna Gregson Sociology, Faculty
Jill Whitman Geosciences, Faculty
Martha Spieker ASPLU President, Student
Ellie Lapp ASPLU Vice President, Student
Colin Laufmann ASPLU Director of Finance, Student
CHURCH OFFICIALS
NAME TITLE
Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton Bishop
Mr. Carlos E. Peña Vice President
Rev. Wm. Chris Boerger Secretary
Rev. Linda O. Norman Treasurer
Rev. Mark Wilhelm Program Director for Schools, College and Universities

Last Modified: February 2, 2016 at 10:31 pm