No Lutherans for President

Four new presidents took office this year at Lutheran colleges, all with one thing in common: None of them is Lutheran.

Presidents from outside the denomination aren’t unusual at Lutheran colleges. But in the wave of new, non-Lutheran presidents this year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran president of Augsburg College saw an opportunity to define the future of Lutheran education — a future in which neither college leaders nor a majority of students are likely to be Lutheran themselves.

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