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TLU’s Judith Hoffmann Named to Thrivent Fellows Program

April 27, 2011

Judith Hoffmann, associate professor of geography at Texas Lutheran University (TLU), was recently named to the prestigious Thrivent Fellows Program, a rigorous 12-month leadership fellowship for the purpose of growing the leadership capacity of the agencies and institutions of the Lutheran Church.

Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Council of College and University Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Board for University Education of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Unit for Vocation and Education of the ELCA, and the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, the purpose of the Fellows Program is to identify, encourage, develop, and equip high capacity senior leaders for leadership roles in Lutheran agencies and institutions.

Candidates were selected based on their dedication to the mission and distinctiveness of Lutheran colleges, seminaries and universities, a strong record of service to these agencies and institutions, a clear potential for top-level leadership, and on their vocational call to lead these important agencies and institutions.

“We are proud of Judy, her contributions here in the community, and her dedication to students and to the Lutheran emphasis on vocation and educating the whole person,” said Dr. Robert Vogel, Interim President for TLU. “Judy represents what we are about here at TLU – high-impact, experiential learning that exposes students to various disciplines and ultimately connects their passions to a purpose that fulfills a need in our world.”

“I am very humbled and honored to be selected to such a prestigious program,” said Hoffmann. “I am also quite excited about the next 12 months. The Thrivent Fellows program is intense and I will learn a great deal over this next year. I look forward to meeting others in the program and exchanging ideas that will strengthen what I do in the classroom and beyond.”

Hoffmann has been teaching courses at TLU for the past 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from TLU, a master’s degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Through intensive retreats and seminars, Fellows will gain increased knowledge and understanding of Lutheran traditions and values, stronger awareness of their own leadership capacities, thorough knowledge of key management issues in these complex enterprises, discernment of personal and professional goals that will equip them to fulfill their callings, a plan for professional growth, and an expanded network of relationships with other Lutheran higher education leaders.


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