National Lutheran News

Tiede stepping down at Luther Seminary

He began teaching at St. Paul school in 1971

Dr. David L. Tiede announced in late October that he will retire from the Office of the Pres-ident, Luther Sem-inary on June 30, 2005.

The date will mark his 34th anniversary as a Luther Seminary professor of New Testament, his 18th year as President and the conclusion of his current five-year term linked to the seminary’s strategic plan. It will also be the day following his 65th birthday.

Luther Seminary is the largest of the eight pastoral training schools operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

During Tiede’s tenure, Luther Seminary accomplished a major curriculum reform. It adopted its current mission statement, trained thousands of pastors and other leaders for the ELCA and 28 other national and international churches, grew its endowment from $14.8 million (1987) to $53.6 million; inaugurated a Ph.D. program; networked directly and electronically with many other institutions in and beyond the ELCA; and strengthened its ties with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, in serving the regions of the western United States.

A search committee, chaired by Dr. Paul Dovre, vice-chair of the Luther Seminary Board of Directors, is beginning the process of identifying Tiede’s successor.

Those wishing to nominate an individual for the position of President of Luther Seminary may contact Dovre, at pdovre@luthersem. edu. Or, write to him c/o Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.