Marti (Tomson) '84 and Bill Rodamaker

Mason City, Iowa

Marti and Bill Rodamaker smile when they remember two important days in their recent relationship with Luther. The first in September 1999 when Marti wrote to President Torgerson, congratulating him on “finally” landing at the right Lutheran college. And the second time, when Rick Torgerson came to call and invited Marti to serve of the Board of Regents. Both days were filled with pride and opportunity.      

Marti Tomson Rodamaker ’84, president and CEO of First Citizens National Bank of Mason City, Iowa, has served on the Luther Board of Regents since 2003 and on the board’s investment committee since 2000. A second-generation president of First Citizens—an independent, family-owned banking enterprise—Marti oversees banking facilities in 10 Iowa communities and assets in excess of $800 million.  

As a Regent and banker, Marti takes her fiduciary responsibility very seriously. As such, she is exceptionally proud of the recent growth of Luther’s endowment. It follows naturally, Marti says, that she and Bill would direct their gift to the Sesquicentennial Fund toward the endowment, adding that they are convinced that enlightened teaching stands at the core of a liberal arts education.

“Our Luther faculty is so dedicated to their calling, so creative, and so committed to students—and they come to Luther from the finest graduate and postdoctoral programs in the nation,” says Marti. “But for all of us to stay current and vibrant in our professional lives, we need funding for professional development.”

“One of the many joys of being Luther’s president,” says Richard Torgerson, “is the reward of being able to work very closely with Regents such as Marti Tomson Rodamaker, who not only love Luther but also personally dedicate their professional expertise and remarkable God-given talents to guide and accelerate our mission.”