Reflecting the collaboration of the Lutheran churches in founding the school, the institution had a unique governing structure of two bodies: a “Convocation” of eighty people from the constituent churches who own, control and operate the school; and a Board of Regents of thirty members responsible for the management and administration of the college, and for selecting the president of the school, the officers of the Corporation, administrative officers and the faculty. An Executive Committee of the board convened between meetings of the full board.
The first Convocation of the college was held on October 24, 1958, when seventy representatives of the five Lutheran church bodies gathered in the converted chicken coops to elect their officers, nominate the Board of Regents and adopt a fifteen-year Master Plan. Thereafter, that day was designated as “Founders Day,” to be observed each year to recall the genesis of the school and to pray for its success.
College of Our Dreams: The First Fifty Years 1959-2009