Welcoming Dr. Ward

J. Robert Paulson

“Dr. Ward is a visionary and passionate leader who has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to effectively lead transformational change with an inclusive and collaborative style that builds relationships and inspires and motivates her colleagues across campus to achieve a shared vision. In today’s world where higher education and global societies are rapidly evolving, she is an authentic and servant leader who is committed to the enduring value of a Luther education. We are honored and excited to welcome Dr. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College.”

J. Robert Paulson, Jr., vice chair of Luther’s Board of Regents, chair of the presidential search committee and 1978 Luther alumnus

Wendy Davidson

“Dr. Ward’s background in both her personal and professional life combined with her wide experience in the liberal arts and passion and commitment to the principles of what it means to be a college of the church made her an exemplary candidate resulting in a unanimous recommendation from the search committee and a unanimous vote of support from the Board of Regents.”

Wendy Davidson, chair of Luther’s Board of Regents and 1992 Luther alumna

Christopher Holoman

“The Luther College presidency is such well-deserved recognition of Jenifer’s inspiring leadership and her passion for articulating the transformative power of a liberal arts education. Jenifer and I have enjoyed a wonderful collaborative working relationship, and it has been my distinct pleasure to have her as a colleague at Centenary. I know that our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners will share my sadness at her departure from this campus. We all wish her well and are excited to follow her leadership at Luther.”

Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, Centenary president