ULS Board of Trustees Selects Dr. Richard Green as Interim President

May 16, 2018

Dear United Lutheran Seminary Family and Supporters:

On May 16, the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Richard Green as the interim president of ULS. He will begin his duties on June 1st.

Dr. Green has enjoyed an accomplished career in higher education, both as a teacher and administrator. Most recently he served as interim president of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania's oldest historically black college/university (HBCU), with a student enrollment of 2,100. He successfully guided both the main campus in rural Chester County and the school's center-city Philadelphia campus. Prior to that, he served as interim provost at both Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota and Albany State University in Georgia.

A life-long Lutheran, Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree from Concordia College, an ELCA school in Moorhead, Minnesota. He earned his doctorate from the University of Louisville and received post-graduate degrees from North Dakota State University and Harvard Graduate School of Business.

We pray for his wisdom and strength to lead our ULS community. A search for a permanent president will begin in earnest. Dr. Green will serve as interim president at ULS until the successful conclusion of the search for a permanent president.

"Dr. Green brings to United Lutheran Seminary a record of accomplishments in higher education that have supported transitional and transformation needs of a variety of institutions, especially in faith-based higher education communities," said Bishop Claire Burkat, who led the interim search committee. "My leadership style is inclusive, grounded in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and respectful of the input of all institutional constituents,” added Dr. Green. “I appreciate this opportunity to serve the church and ULS."

Dr. Green and his wife Dr. Dorothy Green have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. They will relocate from Tucson, Arizona and will maintain residences on both the Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses.

The board wishes to thank Bishop James Dunlop for his tenure as acting president during this challenging period of transition. His leadership and commitment to improving communications and transparency, as well as uniting our campuses, has laid the important groundwork that we expect to continue under Interim President Green.

The board would like to thank to extend their gratitude to search committee for their support and leadership during the process of identifying an interim president. The committee includes:

  • Board members Bishop Claire Burkat, Dr. Tommie Robinson, Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler and Dr. James Lakso;
  • Faculty member Dr. Quintin Robertson;
  • Vice President of Advancement Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann; and
  • Students Carla Cristopher-Waid and Danny Phelps.

As Bishop Dunlop returns to his duties as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, the board also wishes to thank his synod and staff for their understanding as Bishop Dunlop answered the call to help ULS when he was needed most.

“It has been my privilege to serve as acting president of ULS,” Bishop Dunlop said. “More than ever, I am convinced that our community and its wonderful students have a bright future ahead. Working together in Christ, I believe the best days for ULS are still to come. I want to thank the members of my congregation and staff for supporting my efforts over the last few months.”

Good and Gracious God, we give thanks for your presence among us. Grant your wisdom to our newly appointed leadership that his calling to our school may further strengthen us to do your work. Help us to see the gifts of all the people who work to guide the mission and ministry of this school. Bless our students, faculty, staff, board members and alumni in their work that all may grow in your grace. We pray in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to congratulate interim president-elect Dr. Green, you can do so via the Community Concerns page.