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 up to 125 delegates from the six synods of Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The 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 policymaking 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 2021-22 will be installed in October 2021.

NameTitle
Michelle LongChair
Mark GouldVice Chair
Mark GriffithVice Chair
Mark MillerVice Chair
Susan CaulkinsVice Chair and Secretary
Patrick GehringAssociate Vice President for Finance, PLU; Treasurer
L. Allan BeltonPresident, PLU; Ex-Officio
NameAreaRepresents
Troy AndradeHonolulu, HIAt-Large
Erik BensonSeattle, WAAt-Large
Becky BuradSan Francisco, CAELCA
Jeff GreeneGig Harbor, WAAt-Large
Mark GriffithBellevue, WAELCA
Jaynee GrosethBozeman, MTELCA
Richard JaechTacoma, WABishop, ELCA
Sara KassBethesda, MDELCA
Laurie Larson CaesarPortland, ORBishop, ELCA
Michelle LongNovato, CAAt-Large
NameTitleRepresents
Joyce BarrArlington, VAAlumni
Shelley Bryan-WeeSeattle, WAELCA Bishop
Mark GouldLafayette, CAAt-Large
Darren HambySeattle, WAELCA
Matt IseriSeattle, WAAt-Large
Kathi LittmannGig Harbor, WAAt-Large
Laurie SoineSeattle, WAELCA
Stacy WilsonBend, ORELCA
NameAreaRepresents
Jonette BlakneyCarson, WAELCA
Susan CaulkinsTacoma, WAAlumni
Bruce DealMenlo Park, CAAt-Large
Joe MayerTacoma, WAAt-Large
Mark MillerEdgewood, WAAt-Large
Arne NessSammamish, WAELCA
Sheila Radford-HillRiver Forest, ILELCA
Thomas SaathoffRidgefield, WAELCA
Scott SquiresNewbury Park, CAELCA
NameOffice
Michael FrechetteDean for Enrollment Management & Student Financial Services
Patrick GehringAssociate Vice President for Finance
Joanna GregsonProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Daniel LeeVice President for University Relations
Karen McConnellAssociate Vice President and Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer
Teri PhillipsVice President and Chief Operating Officer
Joanna Royce-DavisVice President for Student Life; Chair, PLU Staff Council
Erik HammerstromReligion, Faculty Secretary
Lisa MarcusEnglish, Faculty-at Large; Vice Chair of the Faculty
Neal YakelisChemistry, Chair of the Faculty
Andre Jones IIASPLU Vice President, Student
Kenzie KnappASPLU President, Student
TBAASPLU Social Justice Director, Student
TBAASPLU PR Director, Student
TBAASPLU Finance Director, Student
TBARHA President, Student
TBARHA Vice President, Student
TBASAAC President, Student
Emily HughesMember Rep and Chair, Corporation Committee
NameTitle
Bishop Elizabeth A. EatonPresiding Bishop
Ms. Lori FedykTreasurer
Bishop Laurie JunglingBishop, ELCA
Bishop Kristen E.M. KuempelBishop, ELCA
Mr. Carlos E. PeñaVice President (interim)
Deacon Susan RothmeyerSecretary
Bishop Shelley WickstromBishop, ELCA
Rev. Mark WilhelmExecutive Director, Network of ELCA Colleges & Universities