CLU bestowed its Christus Award upon former regent Marv Soiland of Santa Rosa during Founders Day Convocation in October. The award is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to higher education in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and/or to strengthening the bridge between the University and the church.
The founder and CEO of a construction consulting and real estate development company, Soiland served on CLU’s Board of Regents from 1974 to 1995 and chaired the Administration and Finance Committee for 20 years. He was also a member of the California Lutheran Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.
Soiland began contributing to CLU in 1959 when he first heard the college would open. Through the years, he and his wife, Fran, have become two of the University’s most generous donors. In recognition of their ongoing support, Soiland Humanities Center was named for them in 1998. They also contributed to the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, Pearson Library, Samuelson Chapel, Spies-Bornemann Center for Education and Technology, and the new Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The couple created the Soiland Family Endowed Scholarship in 2007.