Interim President David L. Tiede
David L. Tiede came to Luther College on July 1, 2013, following the spectacular fourteen year presidency of Richard L. Torgerson. David hopes to help the College welcome the leadership it will need for its vigorous future when Luther’s 10th president will be elected in the coming year.
David’s professional vocations have been in teaching, scholarship, and academic administration. A Danforth Fellowship sent him on his way from St. Olaf College, through his theological studies at Princeton and Luther Theological Seminaries, to the completion of his Harvard University Ph.D. He taught in Claremont Ca., Luther Seminary, and Yale Divinity School. He has served as an ELCA pastor and written a range of resources for use in the ecumenical church and public. His teaching, research and publications center in the New Testament and Christian origins.
He was President of Luther Seminary for 18 years, occupied the distinguished Bernhard M. Christensen Chair in Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College for 5 years, and served briefly as the interim president of Wartburg Seminary. He is a student, advocate, and consultant to many boards and presidents who are leading in the dynamic changes in higher education. He believes Luther College has remarkable strengths for defining and advancing the public vocation of Lutheran higher education in the 21st century.
David and his wife Muffy have two adult children (one attorney and one pastor) and eight grandchildren. His email tag line expresses his gratitude: “In chapter three, blessed to be a husband, father, and grandfather; a student of the New Testament and Christian Origins; and a friend of the institutions of the Church and their leaders.”