“Why do tuition fees increase and where does the money go?”

ASPLU President Sarah Smith gave a very good speech to the PLU Board of Regents earlier this month on the subject of tuition fee increases. The gist of her speech was, “We’d like to know more about why tuition fees increase and where does the money go?” These are great questions, and ...Read More

PLU Blue Friday: Lutes Fired Up & Ready for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is nearly here, and the PLU community is abuzz about this weekend’s big game! I invite the entire campus to participate in PLU Blue Friday on Jan. 30!  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to dress in your favorite Seahawks attire. Post your photos/tweets under #Lute12s and #PLUBlueFriday, and we may feature them on PLU social media. Also, ...Read More

The Top 20 Questions of Fall 2014 (II)

At PLU’s Fall 2014 Conference, I invited faculty members, staff and administrators to share questions – any questions – they had about the strategic direction of the university. I received 131 questions, many of which fell into similar categories. I’ve decided to address the top 20 most frequently asked questions here, over ...Read More

Talking with Governor Inslee

Along with the presidents of several of the other private, not-for-profit universities in Washington, I had the honor of meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday in his office in the Capitol in Olympia. Our main reason for meeting with him was to stress our desire to see the State Need Grant (a ...Read More

Response to Chronicle article: ‘Career-Focused Majors Can Strengthen, Not Threaten, Liberal-Arts Colleges’

The presidents of the association of New American Colleges and Universities have been discussing this article via email this week, since it nicely captures the spirit of Ernest Boyer’s idea of the New American University–one that purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement.  Often at strictly undergraduate liberal arts ...Read More

Veterans Day at PLU

Today we are here to celebrate and honor, to commemorate the dead and the living, the men and women who, in every war since this country began, have demonstrated loyalty to their country and great courage. In a world tormented by tension and the possibilities of conflict, we meet in quiet commemoration ...Read More

The Top 20 Questions of Fall 2014

Recently, at PLU’s Fall 2014 Conference, I invited faculty members, staff and administrators to share questions – any questions – they had about the strategic direction of the university. I received 131 questions, many of which fell into similar categories. I’ve decided to address the top 20 most frequently asked questions here, ...Read More

#PLUFall

Fall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA | Video produced by Sam Hosman ’14 ...Read More

It’s not that you just study away, it’s how you study away

This past Wednesday, students at Pacific Lutheran University attended the annual Study Away Fair, held each year on campus as our students contemplate applying for a yearlong, semester or J-Term course. It’s always exciting to see where the students chose to go, and why. This is particularly on my mind this week, as I’m in ...Read More

‘How was your summer?’

When I ask our students what they did over summer break, I am consistently impressed by their motivation. This summer, Nellie Moran ’15, an Economics and French major, worked for the Democratic National Committee in Washington D.C., during which time she met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. During her ...Read More