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MLC Governing Board addresses a wide range of issues in Feb. meeting

The Martin Luther College Governing Board met on campus last Thursday and Friday.  A summary of reports and action follows.

  • A discussion of The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources by R. Scott Rodin and Gary G. Hoag was led by Vice President Otterstatter.
  • The board was introduced to and addressed by students Elizabeth Jeske and Russell Scoggins.
  • A report was received from Mr. Mark Arnold, president of WELS Investment Funds, Inc. Mr. Arnold is projecting a 5% return on WIF investments for calendar year 2014.
  • Vice President Thiesfeldt provided an update on Compelled to Speak, the college strategic plan.  A review of all strategic action plans was completed by the administration last October. A second review will take place this summer. A recent emphasis has been placed on departmental planning; by December 2013, eight departments had completed and submitted plans for review by the administration. Highlights of these eight plans were shared with the board.
  • The board initiated a review of the document “Application of Scriptural Principles of Man and Woman Roles at Martin Luther College,” adopted in 1996.  The study will continue at a future meeting.
  • Gratitude was expressed for the service of Mr. Jonathan Scharlemann. The part time role he has held to represent the Mission Advancement Office since retiring from full time service will conclude this summer.
  • A plan to call a replacement for the retiring Prof. Robert Potratz was approved. Nominations will be requested for a music professor to direct choir and teach general music courses.
  • In response to the Conference of Presidents' request for more urban ministry teacher candidates and as part of a plan to implement an urban ministry minor beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the board approved calling an urban ministry professor. Nominations will be requested for an individual who will teach courses in the urban ministry minor and coordinate urban ministry experiences.
  • The establishment of an international services office was approved, including the hiring of an administrative assistant who will serve the office. The office will coordinate all international activities including admissions, orientation, assimilation, accommodations, and post-graduation status issues. 
  • A plan to use $625,000 in board designated funds for the installation of an elevator in the chapel, the construction of a multipurpose reception area in the chapel basement and an enclosed, handicap accessible entrance to the Luther Student Center was approved.  The work will take place this summer.
  • A board subcommittee led by Mr. Tim Petermann provided a draft of a board handbook.  Mr. Petermann hopes to complete the document with board input this summer. The completed document will be particularly useful with five new members anticipated next fall.
  • Outgoing members Messrs. Stephen Loehr and William Steinbrenner, teachers Keith Bowe and Jonathan Hahm, and Rev. Duane Rodewald were thanked for their service to the college.
  • Implementation of the portion of the Athletic Department’s strategic plan for filling coaching vacancies was approved.
  • Meeting in its role as the Romberg Supporting Foundation Trustees, the board ratified an annual distribution of $130,636.50 for tuition assistance.