Commissioned by the Board of Directors last fall, Wittenberg’s yearlong study of its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America commenced this summer. Undertaken in recognition of the changes in the campus, church and society at-large, the “Wittenberg Lutheran Identity Study” fulfills one of the university’s strategic plan initiatives and serves as a follow-up to a similar study conducted 10 years ago at Wittenberg.
“The commission is charged with examining the educational foundation of Lutheran commitment to learning and vocation, assessing Wittenberg’s engagement of that foundation in its comprehensive mission of learning and living in community today, and articulating the future vision of Wittenberg’s relationship with the Lutheran Church,” said Ingrid Stafford ’75, board chair.
Faculty, staff, board, alumni and students will serve on the commission, which Stephen Buchenroth ’70 will chair and Richard Veler ’58 will facilitate. Those serving include: Provost Ken Bladh ’69, consultant Tom Christenson, Kristen Collier ’91, director of community service, President Mark Erickson, Trudy Faber, professor of music, Tim Lewis, professor of biology, Ingrid Lundquist ’78, Marilyn McCann Smith of the ELCA, Karl Schmitt ’06, The Rev. Paul Swartz ’65, University Pastors Anders Tune and Rachel Tune, Bob White, director of church relations, Rebekah Weiner ’07 and Ronald Woods ’69.