The following letter was released today by Luther Seminary:
Dear President Foss,
I write to inform you of my decision to retire June 30, 2013.
While many personal and professional considerations surround my retiring at the end of this academic
year, the timing of the decision is primarily informed by my commitment to joining others of my senior
colleagues in making a contribution to timely faculty reduction, my sense that by this summer a new
phase in Luther Seminary’s renewal will call for a different skill set than mine and the heaviness of mind
and heart that have accrued over the past year and half as I’ve carried the responsibilities of the dean’s
As I make this decision, I am confident that the good work of the faculty, the good work of Luther
Seminary’s associate deans, the good work of the staff and your own good work, will lead the seminary
into a faithful and effective future.
I have greatly enjoyed my 36 years at Luther Seminary, including the years as academic dean, and look
forward to serving the seminary during the upcoming important four months.