Who Will Lead

Gustavus ACTS

It takes a village to manifest a vision. Here are just a few of the Gustavus leaders who will move us from dreaming to doing.


Brenda KellyBrenda Kelly, Provost and Dean of the College 

Excited about: The vision calls all of us to action. Gustavus faculty, staff, administrators, and students have a role in living into the vision statement and making that vision a reality. 

Impressed by: the way the plan stretches us to reach beyond the Gustavus community on The Hill, to extend into the local, regional, and global community, and the way it allows our external partners to reach in.

“This is not a plan for the academic program or student life or advancement; this is a plan for all of us, and all members of the community are engaged.”


Kathi TunheimKathi Tunheim, Vice President for Mission, Strategy, and Innovation; Board of Trustees Endowed Chair in Management and Leadership

Impressed by: the fact that this plan is more focused and concise than past strategic plans at Gustavus and others I have seen at other colleges and universities. 

Already in progress: The faculty has worked diligently this past summer and fall to critically review our curriculum and infuse it with new ideas.

“We are going to stay rooted and committed to being a college of the ELCA, which positions us well to be a leading institution in helping address the great challenges of the world.”