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Wartburg Seminary names David Tiede interim president

The board of directors at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, has announced the appointment of the Rev. David L. Tiede as interim president of the seminary beginning July 1. Wartburg is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Tiede, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is currently the Bernhard M. Christensen professor of vocation at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He is also president emeritus and professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Augsburg is one of 28 colleges and universities of the ELCA; Luther is an ELCA seminary.

Tiede’s appointment follows the announcement in April that the Rev. Duane H. Larson had resigned as the seminary’s president effective July 1.

“Dr. Tiede has graciously accepted the offer to lead the board during a transition period that will set new directions for Wartburg Theological Seminary,” said Rita Dudley, chair of Wartburg Seminary’s board of directors. “Wartburg Seminary’s voice and vocation in forming valued leaders is critical to the future of the ELCA. The board’s understanding of this ethos brings energy to our future planning. We look forward to working with Dr. Tiede in proactive ways to reshape Lutheran theological education in the next 10 years,” she added.

Tiede currently serves on the board of regents of California Lutheran University, an ELCA university in Thousand Oaks, California. He is theologian-in-residence to the board of directors of Baltimore-based Lutheran Services in America.

Tiede is a 1962 graduate of St. Olaf College, an ELCA college in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned a bachelor of divinity degree in 1966 from Luther Seminary, and a doctoral degree in 1971 from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His academic studies are focused on the New Testament.

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