Thomas W. Krise was named president of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., effective in June. He succeeds Loren J. Anderson, who is departing after 20 years at the university. A retired Air Force officer, Krise has served as dean of the College of the Pacific at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif., since 2008. Krise, who has an Episcopal Church background, said he is delighted to be tapped "to guide the university into a vibrant future," and that "the bonds to the Lutheran community as well as to the local and regional communities are a source of great strength."
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson was the keynote speaker at a conference held at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, on March 9. Hanson's talk on vocation opened a two-day regional gathering of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. CLU geology professor Linda Ritterbush; Sam Thomas, an assistant professor of religion; and two students also talked about how "outdoor classrooms," like the university's garden project, help develop vocation.
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