Luther's next president has ties to UD, UW-P

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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:09 pm

A woman with University of Dubuque and University of Wisconsin-Platteville ties has been elected the 10th president of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Paula Carlson’s appointment is effective July 1. She succeeds David Tiede, who has served as interim president of the college since June 30.

Carlson now is the vice president for mission at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She was formerly the director of Wendt Center for Character Education and associate dean for academic affairs at UD. While at UD, she also led the development of a new college core curriculum.

“I am deeply honored to become Luther’s next president. I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, regents and the wider Luther community to continue building Luther’s strengths as an excellent, vibrant and thriving liberal arts, residential college of the church.” Carlson said in a press release.

Her teaching experience ranges from first-year college writing classes to graduate seminars at places that include UD and UW-P.

Carlson’s husband, the Rev. Thomas Schattauer, is a professor of liturgics and dean of the chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary.

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