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Svennungsen resigns as president of Texas Lutheran University

VanAken inaugurated as president of Thiel

• Ann M. Svennungsen resigned as president of Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, effective May 31, citing "professional and personal considerations." Svennungsen, an ELCA pastor, began serving in July 2007 after four years as CEO and president of The Fund for Theological Education, Atlanta. School officials said a TLU Board of Regents committee will carry out the president's responsibilities until an interim president is found. TLU board chair Robin A. Melvin, Austin, Texas, extended "sincerest appreciation" for Svennungsen's "caring, open manner" and her contributions in the creation of the university's master plan and development of its strategic plan.

• Troy D. VanAken was inaugurated as the 19th president of Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., April 17. VanAken, an ELCA member who started three successful technology-related companies, began serving July 1, 2009. He previously served as executive vice president of Albion [Mich.] College.

• Senior Jennifer Arceo of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, received a $46,500 research fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is serving as a paid intern this summer at the organization's Colorado laboratory. Arceo is studying environmental contaminants in waterways in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Her research could help local authorities improve regulatory guidelines and management strategies. She spent her junior year developing methods for extracting and analyzing pesticides and trace metals from water and soil samples.

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