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Steinke named Luther president

Robin J. Steinke was named president of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., effective June 1. The first woman to be named president of the 145-year-old seminary succeeds interim Rick Foss.

Steinke, an ELCA pastor and former financial planner, currently is dean and professor of theological ethics and public life at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg(Pa.). She serves on the ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council (co-chair), theLutheran World Federation Council’s Endowment Fund (chair), and the ELCA Ecclesiology Task Force.

In June she concludes a six-year term as a member of the Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting.

Luther Seminary board member Gus Blanchard said Steinke’s “forward-looking leadership skills, ability to build strong, productive relationships, financial acumen and commitment to academic quality, ministry and mission make her a marvelous fit.”

After a $4 million funding shortfall in its 2012 financial year, Luther replaced top administrators and reduced staffing and programs to cut annual operating expenses by $4 million.

Steinke said she is “mindful” of Luther’s strong legacy. “As we look forward, I believe we must work in new and nimble ways to imagine a sustainable future,” she said. “I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be doing this creative work.”

She is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; and the University of Cambridge in England.


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