News and Speeches

Dr. Jenifer K. Ward

Luther College Service of Dedication

Good afternoon!

HERE I STAND. I CAN DO NO OTHER. It seems fitting to start a state of the college—this college—a Lutheran college—with a declaration associated with our namesake, Martin Luther. On the other hand, I have not yet been asked to recant anything. So in the spirit of adaptation for a new time, let me repurpose the phrase to mean this: HERE I STAND—at a Lutheran college in 2019, with a brilliant past and a bright future. HERE I STAND—in Decorah, Iowa, in the driftless region of the midwest, in a place that depends on us, and on which we depend. HERE I STAND—chosen as your 11th president and choosing to yoke myself up to this people, pulling with you and pulling for you.

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Dr. Jenifer K. Ward

Dr. Ward: Letter to the Luther Community

Dear Luther Community, I send you warm greetings from Louisiana, where—similar to you—I am in transition. Since the announcement of a new president for you (and the departure of a provost for Centenary College) comes several months before the actual date on which I will join you in an official capacity, we all live in a somewhat liminal space. Just as I am trying to wrap up important initiatives here, my heart and mind are both turning northward toward Decorah.

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