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First woman president for ELCA college


The Midland Lutheran College board of trustees appointed Jennifer Braaten of Boca Raton, Fla., as the Fremont, Neb., school's next president on May 17. 

Braaaten, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, will become Midland's first woman president when she starts in August. She also is the first woman president in any of the 28 ELCA-affiliated colleges and universities.

Braaten earned both her master's degree in education in 1976 and her doctoral degree in education in 1987 from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; the University of Vienna, Austria; and the University of Oregon at Eugene.

She succeeds retiring president Carl Hansen.


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