Luther Interim President David Tiede names new regent

Luther College Interim President David Tiede has announced the appointment of Connie Plaehn, Luther College class of 1975, to the Board of Regents.

"We are fortunate to have Connie Plaehn joining the Board of Regents. Her involvement with the college has been long and vast as both a donor and volunteer leader. In addition, her professional experience in the financial world is well respected and will be a valuable asset for the college as she brings that experience, her skills and networks as a Luther Regent," said Tiede.

The Regents serve as both trustees and stewards, ensuring that Luther fulfills its mission and that the needs of students, faculty, staff and other college constituents are being met.

Since earning certification as a public accountant in 1976, Plaehn worked for a number of major financial institutions, including Conti Financial in Chicago and Akroyd & Smithers in London. Most notable is her long-term employment with J.P. Morgan, where she held high-profile positions: vice president of J.P. Morgan Securities, vice president of J.P. Morgan Investment Management and managing director of J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Plaehn holds a number of professional credentials and affiliations, including membership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Women's Bond Club and various Financial Institution Regulatory Authority registrations. She is also a former member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade and the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange.

Plaehn holds a bachelor's degree from Luther in business with an accounting emphasis and the Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Plaehn has two sons, one of whom will begin his sophomore year at Luther in the fall. She currently resides in South Salem, New York.