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Celebrating 30 Years of Leadership


University leaders, faculty, alumni, and friends gathered on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for a lively evening celebrating the 30th anniversary of Augsburg University’s pioneering Master of Arts in Leadership program. The theme of the evening was “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

The evening began with Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow’s remarks, in which he described the ways that MAL embodies the University’s liberal arts mission and inspires the work of graduates in the community and the world.

MAL Director Alan Tuchtenhagen introduced the program, describing how Augsburg’s first graduate program led hundreds of students down their own path to leadership. He encouraged graduates to stay involved with the Center for Leadership Studies, highlighting the need for continued leadership growth and contribution to their communities.

Professor Norma Noonan was unable to participate in person; however, she shared her thoughts via a video about her experiences teaching in the program from the early days to the present. This conversation was continued by Professor Tom Morgan, who spoke about the program’s inception and how and why the MA In Leadership Program began.

Next, alumnus Dianna Pierce 15′ moderated a student panel focusing on the program’s “Today”. The panel included three current students, Ben Hilding, Carol Burton, and Alli Bobal. The panelists shared their thoughts on our world’s current leadership issues and how their study of leadership has informed their perspectives.

Following the student panel, moderator Kathi Tunheim turned to “Tomorrow” in an interactive audience discussion that gave table groups the chance to reflect on their personal ideas of leadership and the challenges facing leaders today.

Following the evening’s program, a dessert reception was held to allow for networking and reunions of students and faculty, featuring a slideshow of photos from past MAL events and highlighting community accomplishments.