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Ohle becomes Gustavus Adolphus president, California Lutheran University partners with Danish college and mroe

• Jack R. Ohle, 60, will step down after 10 years as head of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, to become president of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., effective July 1. Ohle succeeds James L. Peterson, who is retiring. During Ohle’s tenure as Wartburg’s president, the campus saw an increase in fundraising; completion of $104 million in capital improvement efforts, including state-of-the-art centers for science and wellness; an expanded campus ministry; the addition of 21 full-time faculty; and more. While “difficult,” Ohle said his departure “comes at an ideal time for a transition in leadership as Wartburg moves dramatically into its future.”

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, will partner with a Danish college to let students earn tri-continental degrees. Students can study in China, Denmark and California to earn bachelor’s degrees at both CLU and Niels Brock Copenhagen, Denmark’s largest business college. Chinese students also will participate in the program.

• On the first anniversary of the April 16, 2007, campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, William H. King, an ELCA campus pastor, told the ELCA News Service that related media attention had heightened student anxieties and that students “don’t want to be defined by that event.” Betsy Potter, 22, said students received “notes from all over the country” sent by Lutheran Student Movement groups.

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