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Wisconsin Lutheran College prof named to Thrivent Fellows Program

Erik P. Ankerberg, Ph.D., recently was named to the Thrivent Fellows Program, a rigorous 12-month executive development fellowship for the purpose of growing the leadership capacity of the colleges and universities of the Lutheran Church. Ankerberg serves as an associate professor of English at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Sponsored by the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Congregational and Synodical Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Fellows Program is designed to identify, encourage, develop, and equip high-capacity senior leaders for leadership roles in Lutheran colleges and universities.

Candidates are selected based on their dedication to the mission and distinctiveness of Lutheran colleges, seminaries and universities, a strong record of service to these institutions, a clear potential for top-level leadership, and on their vocational calls to lead these important institutions.

Through intensive retreats and seminars, Fellows gain increased knowledge and understanding of Lutheran traditions and values, stronger awareness of their own leadership capacities, thorough knowledge of key management and financial issues in these complex enterprises, discernment of personal and professional goals that will equip them to fulfill their callings, a plan for professional growth, and an expanded network of relationships with other Lutheran higher education leaders.

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