Board of Regents

Chairperson

  • Wendy (Jaycox) Davidson ‘92, Chicago, Ill.

Vice Chairperson

  • J. Robert Paulson '78, Medina, Minn.

Secretary

  • Susan Sorlien '73, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Treasurer

  • Eric Runestad, Luther College vice president for finance and administration

President of the College

  • Jenifer K. Ward

Members

Jeffrey Anderson '84 (2019)
Anesthesiologist, Unity Point Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa  

Ann Bentdahl '85 (2021)
Retired, President and CEO, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Edina, Minn.

Michael Burk (2021)
Bishop, Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA, Iowa City, Iowa

Wendy (Jaycox) Davidson '92 (2019)
President, U.S. Specialty Channels Division, Kellogg Co., Chicago, Ill.

Shannon (Miller) Duval '95 (2022)
System Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Deputy Chief Philanthropy Officer, CommonSpirit Health

Peter Espinosa '81 (2021)
Founder/Owner Chairman, Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, BottleTree Properties, LLC, Edina, Minn., and Decorah, Iowa

Dennis Flatness '68 (2020)
President and CEO, USI Midwest (formerly WFL), St. Louis, Mo.

Chris Gade '86 (2022)
Chief Public Affairs Officer, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Allen Green '76 (2020)
Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Katherine Johnson-Becklin (2021)
Educational consultant, gifted and talented specialist, Monona, Wis.

Sandee Joppa '87 (2019)
Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, Joppa Consulting, LLC, Plymouth, Minn.  

Ann Leon ’75 (2023)
Retired, Manager, Sales & Industry Learning, IBM, Madison, WI

David "Chip" Norris '82 (2022)
Group president, Alerus Financial Corporation, Champlin, Minn.

Michael T. Osterholm '75 (2020)
Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 

J. Robert Paulson, Jr. '78  (2021)
President and CEO, VentureMed Group, Inc., Wayzata, Minn.

Connie Plaehn '75  (2022)
Retired, Managing Director, JPMorgan Asset Management, New York, NY

Corey Schmidt ’98 (2023)
Founding Partner of IntentGen Financial Partners and Wealth Advisor, Thrivent Financial, Naperville, IL

Anjela Shutts '93  (2022)
Partner/attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, PLC, Des Moines, Iowa

Arne M. Sorenson '80  (2020)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Susan K. Sorlien '73  (2022)
Retired, President, Dealer Store Division, Sears Corporation, Bonita Springs, Fla.

James A. Thomsen '86  (2021)
Financial Services Executive, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Diane Thormodsgard '72 (2022)
Retired, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management & Securities Services, U.S. Bancorp, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Chinyere Ukabiala (2020)
College Ombudsperson, Grinnell College, Urbandale, Iowa

Lance Vander Linden '79 (2020)
Retired, Chairman, National Bankruptcy Services; Of Counsel, Brice, Vander Linden & Wernick, P.C., Dallas, Texas

James Young '81 (2019)
Retired, Chief Financial Officer and Board Member, Ally Financial, Bloomington, Minn. 

 

The year in parentheses after each name indicates the expiration year of that Regent's current four-year term.