Board of Regents

The Augsburg Board of Regents is the official governing entity of the College and is entrusted with the task of electing Augsburg’s president. The regents are elected for four-year terms.


andra_adolfsonAndra Adolfson is the business development director of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Inc., a nationwide commercial construction company co-founded by her grandfather in 1946 and led by her father, David Adolfson. She oversees market analysis for the firm and provides leadership in marketing and the management of client relationships. Adolfson’s background also includes significant expertise in and support of the arts, including work for the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Manchester Film Festival. Her volunteer service also includes Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW) and Luther Seminary, where she has served on committees including Master Planning, Young Donors, Member Services, and Women in Philanthropy. Adolfson holds a BA from the University of Minnesota. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in October 2007.


danAndersonDan W. Anderson ’65 is chairman of AdvisorNet Financial in Minneapolis, with planners located throughout Minnesota and neighboring states. He was president of AdvisorNet for 27 years and retired in 2010. He received his BA in mathematics from Augsburg College. He was an All-American basketball player at Augsburg and led the team to three MIAC championships, being named MIAC Player of the Year three times. In 1977, he was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame. Anderson was a charter member of the New Jersey Nets, now the Brooklyn Nets, and played for both the Nets and the Minnesota Pipers professional basketball teams in the American Basketball Association. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in October 2003, where he now serves as vice chair.


annashtonpiperAnn Ashton-Piper is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has worked extensively in the information technology field and is president of The Bridgie Group, a small IT consulting firm. She is active in her church, Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., where she recently chaired the Call Committee. She and her husband, Ken, who is an architect, are also active in their community, supporting local nonprofit and charitable organizations such as Lake Country School, Groves Academy, and the Children’s Theatre Company.


jennie_carlsonJennifer P. Carlson, JD is a 20-year veteran of the banking industry, serving as executive vice president, human resources, of U.S. Bancorp since 2002. Carlson previously served as executive vice president, deputy general counsel, and corporate secretary of U.S. Bancorp. From 1995 to 2001, she was general counsel and secretary of Firstar Corporation and Star Banc Corporation. Carlson holds a JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law and was the managing editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. She earned her BA from the Centre College of Kentucky and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Carlson currently is on the Board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.


karen_durantKaren (Miller) Durant ’81 is the vice president and controller of Tennant Company, a manufacturer of equipment and coatings in Golden Valley, Minn. An accomplished senior finance executive with more than 30 years of experience with complex multinational, publicly traded companies, Durant also serves on the Tennant Foundation Board, which supports non-profits primarily in the areas of social services and education. Prior to Tennant, Durant’s career included 18 years with Pentair, where she ultimately served as senior vice president of finance and analysis, and also eight years with Honeywell in a variety of finance and accounting positions. In addition to her BA from Augsburg, Karen holds an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas. Over the years, Durant has been an active volunteer and donor to a variety of organizations including Operation Bootstrap Africa, Courage Center, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and Junior Achievement.


matt_entenzaMatthew K. Entenza, JD is a graduate of Worthington Senior High School in Worthington, Minnesota. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., and graduated cum laude from Macalester College. He received a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University (U.K.) and received a JD cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Entenza has served as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General (prosecuting charitable fraud) and an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney (prosecuting felony white collar crime). He served for six terms in the Minnesota House and for four years was the House Democratic Leader. He was a DFL candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 2010. Entenza is the founder and senior fellow of Minnesota 2020, a state public policy think-tank. He is also a Senior Advisor on Energy and the Economy to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. He is active in the Lutheran Church and has served on numerous local and national boards.


markeustisMark A. Eustis is currently serving as an advisor to organizational leadership and governance for health systems working to transform care to create enhanced value for individuals and communities. He is the former President and CEO of Fairview Health Services, an integrated, academic health system based in Minneapolis, Minn. Under his leadership and in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s employees and aligned physicians, Fairview committed to delivering exceptional patient care and experience at a lower total cost of care to the communities they serve. In December 2011, Fairview was selected by CMS as one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) across the country. In addition to current service on the Board of Regents for Augsburg College he has served on the boards of the Northern Star Council; Boy Scouts of America; Minnesota Hospital Association; Premier, Inc., Premier’s AEIX Insurance Group; Minnesota Medical Foundation; Faith in the City; Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); Minnesota Business Partnership; Itasca Project; and Minneapolis Club Board of Governors. Eustis has served as the Chair of American Heart Association’s Twin Cities Heart Walk, American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, and March of Dimes’ Minnesota March for Babies campaign.


AlexanderGonzalezAlexander J. Gonzalez ’90 is a senior financial advisor at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and is a member of the Stonebridge Group, a values-based team with a non-commissioned structure. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC), where he received their President’s Production Award. In addition, he has received the Home Service Quality Sales Award. He currently is president of the board at La Oportunidad in Minneapolis, Minn. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in September 2008.


normanhagforsNorman R. Hagfors, prior to retirement, was President of Norsen, Inc. and Partner of KLGT-23 Television. He was the founder and President of Stimulation Technology, Inc., a medical device company pioneering the development of pain control devices. Hagfors began his career in medical device engineering as the fourth employee of Medtronic, Inc. Later, as Director of Research and Manufacturing, he was part of the management team that transitioned Medtronic from a medical instrument repair/service organization to a medical device company specializing in implantable products. It is now the largest medical device company in the world. He has received a number of patents related to the development of medical devices.

Hagfors is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in electrical engineering. He served as an Augsburg College Regent from 1989-2001, providing active participation during a critical stage of the College’s growth. In October 2005, he was re-elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents. Hagfors also serves on the Board of Minnehaha Academy. He has served on the boards of Trinity Lutheran College, Lutheran Bible Institute in California, Lutheran Youth Encounter and other Lutheran organizations. Norman and his wife, Evangeline, currently are members of St. Andrews Lutheran Church of Mahtomedi.


jodiharpsteadJodi Harpstead is chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Service (LSS) of Minnesota. LSS, Minnesota’s oldest and largest human service nonprofit, has a mission to express the love of Christ through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community. Prior to her position with LSS, Harpstead was an executive for 23 years with Medtronic, Inc., holding several key positions, including president of global marketing and U.S. sales in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division, and general manager of cardiac surgery technology. She has also served on the boards of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Mutual Funds, the Plymouth Christian Youth Center, and Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota. She holds a BS in business administration and an MBA in finance from Michigan State University. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in October 2005, where she served as chair from 2012-2104.


rolf_jacobsenThe Rev. Rolf Jacobson, PhD is a pastor, writer, speaker, and associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. Prior to joining the Luther Seminary faculty in 2003, he was an assistant professor of religion at Augsburg College. Jacobson’s credits include six books and many articles that focus on Old Testament theology and studies. Jacobson appears on two widely listened to podcasts about preaching. He holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, an MDiv from Luther Seminary, and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jacobson has been on the Board of Regents since 2007 and serves as secretary.


Eric_JollyEric J. Jolly, PhD has been president of the Science Museum of Minnesota since 2004, and led the museum through its centennial year in 2007. He is recognized nationally for his commitment to improving the achievement gap and education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Jolly earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in physics, from the University of Rhode Island. He has master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in September 2008.


waynejorgensonWayne Jorgenson ’71 is senior vice president for Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services, Inc. and focuses on investment planning for affluent individuals. When creating a customized plan for each client, Jorgenson and his team emphasize the importance of appropriate investment selection and asset allocation. Jorgenson is accredited with the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), which he earned in 2000 from the Investment Management Consultants Association’s program through the Wharton School of Business. Jorgenson has a passion for Augsburg’s Center for Science, Business and Religion, and has been among Augsburg’s most active alumni—serving on the Alumni Board, the MBA Advisory Board, and as a leader on the CSBR Campaign Action Team.


toby_labelleToby Piper LaBelle ’96 is senior vice president of Northland Securities, a securities brokerage firm in Minneapolis, Minn., where he built and leads the corporate-client services group that supports companies from the entrepreneurial stage through their eventual liquidity events. Previously, LaBelle served as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and held several positions, including institutional equity trader, at Piper Jaffray & Co. LaBelle has been an active volunteer for the StepUP program at Augsburg, providing important leadership to the program’s advisory board, which, since 2002 has given its annual service award in his name. Alongside his service to Augsburg, LaBelle is also on the Board of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and several foundations.


lajune_langeLaJune Thomas Lange, JD ’75 is known for her international expertise in law and human rights and served a distinguished career as judge in the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota. She is a former co-vice chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Courts, and of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts. Lange currently serves as president of the International Leadership Institute, which provides technical assistance, civic education, election monitoring, conflict reduction, and rule of law programs to people and nations in transition. She is a senior fellow with the Humphrey Institute and an Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa in Minnesota. Lange obtained her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.


andreLewisAndré J. Lewis, PhD ’73 has served as director of marketing and community affairs and president of the RBC Dain Rauscher Foundation since 2002, and previously held a similar position at Honeywell. His background in education includes serving as principal at both Washburn and South high schools. Lewis graduated from Augsburg and earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He has been active in Augsburg’s Corporate Connections program. Lewis has been on the Board of Regents since 2006.


Dennis-MeyerDennis Meyer ’78 is an accomplished marketing professional who brings a fresh view of strategy, marketing, and business development to architecture and building engineering. After serving as chief marketing officer for Ellerbe Becket, Meyer became responsible for overseeing the global business development team of Planning, Design + Development at AECOM when the firms merged. Prior to joining AECOM, Meyer held executive marketing positions at several Fortune 500 companies outside the architectural and building engineering industry. In each role, Meyer became known for his ability to develop and execute successful marketing strategies that focused on market segmentation, global business development, and cross-selling.


pam_moksnesPam Moksnes ’79 is an independent management consultant and formerly a partner at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Pam and her husband, Mark Moksnes ’79, executive vice president of Delta Dental, have been among Augsburg’s most engaged alumni, with generous gifts to support athletics, campus ministry, the Lindell Library, Oren Gateway Center, and as lead annual fund donors in the Maroon & Silver Society. Moksnes is passionate about financial literacy and leadership for women and was instrumental in several Women’s Connections events at Augsburg. Currently, she is involved with the Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) initiative. Moksnes has served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes state board, and is currently vice chair of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) National Board of Directors. She attends Cross View Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn.


MuellerPaul S. Mueller, MD ’84 is a staff consultant in and the chair of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a Professor of Medicine and a Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Mueller completed his undergraduate studies at Augsburg College in 1984. He received his medical degree and master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University and completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His clinical practice encompasses outpatient and inpatient diagnostic and consultative internal medicine. He has been recognized as a “Top Internist” by U.S. News and World Report. Mueller is an internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2005, for which he now serves as chair.


Jeff-NodlandJeffrey Nodland ‘77 is the president & CEO of KIK Custom Products (KCP), one of North America’s largest custom manufacturers of both national brand consumer products, including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Dial, Colgate-Palmolive, and L’Oreal, and retailer brand products for top retailers including Kroger, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and Sysco. Nodland has a 30-year career in specialty chemicals and coatings manufacturing, serving in executive leadership positions for companies such as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Resolution Performance Products, and McWhorter Technologies, a specialty chemical company spun off by Valspar in 1994. He spent the first 17 years of his career with The Valspar Corporation in various management and leadership roles. In addition to his BA from Augsburg, Nodland holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Nodland and his wife, Becky ’79, are dedicated Lutherans with a passion around kids and ministry. They live in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston.


Lisa Novotny ’80 serves as vice president of human resources at General Mills. Novotny has responsibility for human resource strategy and leadership for the International segment of the company. This role encompasses 25,000 employees in offices and facilities around the world, with significant business in China, Europe, Brazil, India, and Australia. Prior to General Mills, Novotny held the positions of vice president of human resources for Dain Bosworth in Minneapolis and manager of human resources for First Bank System. Novotny holds an MA in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Mark Flaten, have three children — one of whom graduated from Augsburg in 2012. Novotny and her husband are members of Edina Community Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn.


paulpribbenowPaul C. Pribbenow, PhD is the 10th president of Augsburg College. Before coming to Augsburg College in 2006, Pribbenow served as president of Rockford College in Rockford, Ill. He also has served as research fellow for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (Indiana); dean for College Advancement and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College; vice president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and associate dean of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Pribbenow holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, and a master’s degree and PhD in social ethics from the University of Chicago. Pribbenow was recently elected to the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, having chaired the state board of Minnesota Campus Compact for the past several years. Locally, he serves on the executive committee of the Minnesota Private College Council, Pillsbury United Communities Board, and the Oslo Center US Foundation Board of Directors, and is chair of the VocalEssence Board of Directors and the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership.


curt_sampsonCurtis A. Sampson, a 50-year telecom industry veteran, was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Hector Communications Corporation and president of its nine telephone subsidiaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sampson is the chairman and director of Communications Systems, Inc. In 1994, he purchased Canterbury Downs racetrack in Shakopee, Minn. and serves as chairman and director of Canterbury Park Holding Corporation. He previously served on the Augsburg Board of Regents from 1989-2001, and has remained an active and generous friend of the College, with major contributions to Lindell Library, the Music department and the Augsburg Fund. He hosts the annual Auggie Night at the Races at Canterbury Downs, which has become one of Augsburg’s most successful alumni events. Sampson is an active Lutheran who has several Augsburg alumni in his family. He is a 1955 graduate of the University of Minnesota.


Gary-TangwallGary Tangwall ‘80 is a wealth advisor with Thrivent Financial for Lutheran’s Landmark Group. He has 29 years of experience advising Thrivent Financial clients and is a member of the Thrivent Financial Hall of Fame. Tangwall’s responsibilities include investments, wealth management strategies, retirement distribution strategies, and long-term care planning strategies. He holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of St. Thomas. In 2007, he earned a Certificate in Advanced Retirement Concepts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He has been a media source on financial matters for the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. As a volunteer for Augsburg, Tangwall has played a key role in the formation of Augsburg’s new planned giving initiatives, serving on the Planned Giving Task Force. His volunteer work also includes board service at the White Bear Lake YMCA and the Magnusson Christian School.


normanwahlRev. Norman W. Wahl, DMin ’76 is executive pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church, the site of Augsburg’s campus in Rochester, Minn., and served on the task force that led to the formation of the Rochester program. After Augsburg, Wahl graduated from Luther Seminary and returned to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree from the seminary in 1997. He was ordained in 1979 and has served parishes in Viborg, S. Dak., rural Alden, Minn., and St. Charles, Minn. Wahl also served on the Alumni Board, Campaign Cabinet, and on staff at Augsburg College. Rev. Wahl has been on the Board of Regents since 2006.


Bonnie-Wallace-web-e1392134288698Bonnie Wallace, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Minnesota, earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare in l974 from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program (1986-87), elected the only Native female to serve as Trustee for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1995-2001), appointed by the Supreme Court to serve two terms (1990-96) on the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (I.O.L.T.A.) board, served as board member for the Mixed Blood Theatre (1986-96), is a recipient of the Blandin Foundation Reservation Community Leadership Program (2009), and has been a member of the National Indian Education Association since 1974. In 1978, she came to Augsburg to develop and implement the American Indian Support Program, which she administered until 1996 when she met her goal of assisting and providing academic, financial and personal support to 100 American Indian graduates. Wallace has since retired after 44 years of providing financial, academic, career and personal counseling to Native students. She continues to serve on a number of community and state advisory committees including, Chair of the Board of Directors for 12 years for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College and currently a board member for the past four years. Augsburg College established the Bonnie Wallace Leadership Award in 1998 in recognition of her service to the College. Wallace has been on the Board of Regents since 2007.


wehrenberg1Steve Wehrenberg ’78 is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. He currently teaches a strategy course at the University of Minnesota and is the program director of its Professional MA in Strategic Communication. He became Campbell Mithun’s CEO in 2006. He has been a major influence behind many of Campbell Mithun’s most successful and award-winning campaigns. At Augsburg, Wehrenberg majored in English and played on the football team. He was a speaker for the Strommen Executive Leader Speaker Series. Wehrenberg has co-written a new edition of The Successful Marketing Plan with former Famous Footwear client Scott Cooper. He serves on the boards of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Brand Lab. He is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn.


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Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm, PhD currently serves on the staff of the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), overseeing the ELCA’s commitments in higher education. Previously he served as associate director of the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. He also has served pastorates in Maryland and New York City. Wilhelm earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, and a PhD in American church history from Union Theological Seminary in New York.