Reverend Eric Norelius established Gustavus Adolphus College with a mission grounded in leadership and service. Norelius, a Lutheran pastor and founder of the nation’s largest social service agency, demonstrated tremendous capacity to look beyond himself and focus on the needs of others—whether they were immigrant college students or orphaned children. His legacy of leadership and service is a tangible example of wellbeing: choosing authentic self-expression and meaningful action to create happiness, health, and comfort in the world.

Today, members of the College community are called to be stewards of the Norelius legacy. Through the Wellbeing Initiative, Gustavus students, employees, alumni, and friends are encouraged to live with vision, courage, compassion, and integrity for the wellbeing of all.