Tom Morgan, Executive Director of the Augsburg Center for Faith & Learning
In May 2008 Augsburg’s President, Paul Pribbenow, appointed Dr. Tom Morgan as the inaugural executive director of the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning. Since that time, Morgan has been partnering with Dr. David Tiede, Christensen Chair in Religion and Vocation, Dr. Mark Tranvik, director of Augsburg’s Lilly grant program (Exploring Our Gifts), and Dr. Phil Quanbeck, chair of the Religion Department, to establish the ACFL as the institutional home for the college’s curricular, co-curricular, and outreach programs that support the links between faith and learning.
Morgan’s experience as a faculty member and an institutional leader prepared him well for his current role. As a business faculty member, his work on organizational behavior and leadership helped to shape both undergraduate and graduate programs at Augsburg. As a vice president, managing the College’s relationships with a number of external organizations and initiatives – Faith in the City (a consortium of Lutheran institutions active in service to the city), several neighborhood and community organizations, and various church-related projects.
Since he became director of the ACFL, Morgan has worked with many on-campus and off-campus constituents to guide the center through its formative stage and to orchestrate the upcoming transition from the College’s Lilly grant. He has focused on refining the business plan for the ACFL, deepening relationships with community partners, building on existing vocation programming, and introducing new programming. The goal of these efforts has been to establish the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning as the tangible expression of the College’s commitment to vocation and learning – a commitment that honors both Augsburg’s legacy and its promise.