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Luther Seminary announces interim president

Friday, December 14, 2012

LUTHER SEMINARY ANNOUNCES INTERIM PRESIDENT

St. Paul, Minn—The Luther Seminary Board of Directors is pleased to announce they have named Richard J. Foss as interim president of Luther Seminary.

Rick Foss has been at Luther Seminary since 2008, when he became director of Contextual Learning.  He previously served as bishop for the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a position he held since 1992.

Foss holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.; a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary; and a Master of Theology from Luther Northwestern Seminary. He was ordained in 1971 and has served congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. In 1995, he was named as one of three finalists for presiding bishop of the ELCA. He has served the governing boards of Luther Seminary; Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.; and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, among others.

“We are so fortunate to have found such a strong leader who already understands and believes in the mission of Luther Seminary,” said Board Chair Jim Lindus.  “While we considered many candidates from around the country, Rick was clearly the right choice.”  Foss will assume the responsibilities of interim president on January 1, 2013.  

One of Foss’ top priorities will be to work with Dr. Bill Frame, interim CFO, and others to resolve the short-term fiscal issues.  Progress has already been made as new financial controls and managements systems have been introduced.  A plan will be implemented to enhance the seminary’s financial strength and viability, leveraging the strong financial assets that are already in place.  

“We thank Rick for his willingness to lead in this time of transition and are pleased to work with him in this capacity,” said Lindus.  The seminary looks forward to embracing challenges and opportunities while continuing to live out its mission.