July 11, 2013
TO: The Luther College Community
FROM: David L. Tiede, interim President
The press releases have proved to be true. I began in the President's office July 1. Our friends and leaders, President Rick and Mrs. Judy Torgerson, completed their packing in the heat of the 4th of July weekend, and we who are left will carry on. It has been 14 years since Luther College experienced an interim presidency, and the protocols aren't obvious. As we appreciate Luther's dependable strengths and lean into its future, we will figure it out together: Regents, faculty, staff, students, and constituents.
Robert Vogel, the former president of Wartburg College, is a veteran of multiple interim presidencies. He advised we start by communicating. He regularly circulated an email message called, "Just so you know!” As the transitions of this interim unfold, I plan to send brief communications to keep all of us "In the Luther Loop." I will quit when people say, "Enough!"
This is my first "In the Luther Loop" communication. Mercifully, it has only three points.
Luther College has a wonderful calling with remarkable capacities to provide “transformational experiences that connect faith with learning, freedom with responsibility, and life’s work with service.” The challenges ahead are both daunting and promising. The best is yet to be!