The Presidential Search Committee of Luther College invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the college’s 11th president. The search was launched in response to President Paula Carlson’s announcement to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. Luther College seeks an experienced leader with uncommon wisdom and vision, exceptional energy, and a deep and abiding commitment to the college’s mission and values.
The 11th president of Luther College will join the institution at a time of positive momentum on many fronts. A newly affirmed, comprehensive strategic plan is in place, and great strides have been made in fundraising, the quality of campus life, curriculum development, and institutional branding. The next president will have the opportunity to develop and implement a shared vision for Luther’s next chapter. The dedicated communities of both Luther College and its Decorah, Iowa, base are eager to connect and collaborate with a strong, decisive leader who will embrace the liberal arts mission, values, and traditions rooted in Luther’s rich history.
Luther College, situated on nearly 200 acres of limestone bluff country was founded in 1861 with a vision for a more just society. It offers a comprehensive student experience that develops whole persons, ensuring that all students are inspired, empowered, and engaged to thrive, serve, and lead in an ever-changing world. The college is ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges, is a Phi Beta Kappa campus, a member of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities, and is nationally recognized for a foundational Paideia program.
The president will be expected to lead with warmth, humor, and a sense of urgency that will propel the college’s trajectory of excellence and academic distinction, foster its unique teaching and research atmosphere, and effect even greater financial sustainability and growth. In close collaboration with the senior team, the president will have overall financial, strategic, and operational responsibility for the college. In addition, she or he will sustain and enhance a platform and strategies to attract the best and brightest students, faculty, and staff, representing a rich tapestry of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, while developing effective programs to support their retention and success.
For a more-detailed description of the opportunity, please visit: President of Luther College Position Description
Review of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest by November 7 to:
Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner
Ms. Kenna Boyd, Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.