What election season reminds us about higher education

Each election cycle I’m reminded of how incredibly multi-disciplinary the responsibilities of our elected officials have become. Similarly, the challenges faced by the leaders of the world’s most successful corporations and NGOs grow ever more global, complex, and nuanced, seemingly by the day. Very few,…

Campus Forums on Sexual Assault and Violence

Dear Campus Community: Please join me and the entire PLU campus community for a first in a series of open dialogues on sexual assault and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of…

Talking with Governor Inslee

Along with the presidents of several of the other private, not-for-profit universities in Washington, I had the honor of meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday in his office in the Capitol in Olympia. Our main reason for meeting with him was to stress our desire…

The Top 20 Questions of Fall 2014

Recently, at PLU’s Fall 2014 Conference, I invited faculty members, staff and administrators to share questions – any questions – they had about the strategic direction of the university. I received 131 questions, many of which fell into similar categories. I’ve decided to address the…

Krise Endowed Internship Fund

Announcing the Patricia L. and Thomas W. Krise Endowed Internship Fund. The benefits of a summer internship—even an unpaid one—are unlimited and undeniable: Students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations, network with people in the industry and gain valuable work…

The New American University

As a university of the first rank, Pacific Lutheran University seeks to maximize its mission to become an internationally renowned model of a New American University, integrating a distinctive liberal arts college with one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier centers for professional education. PLU has…

What does being a Lute mean to you?

This spring, I was asked by a first-year student, “What does being a Lute mean to you?” To me, being a Lute means caring–caring about thoughtful inquiry, caring about service, caring about leadership, caring about other people, caring about community, and caring about the earth. …