The director of The Institute is appointed by the St. Olaf College president, is responsible for overall Institute programming, and acts in consultation with the Director’s Council.
Director of The Institute for 2016–17, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Martin E. Marty Chair in Religion and the Academy
Director of The Institute for 2015–16, Professor of Political Science (on sabbatical)
The members of the Director’s Council are also appointed by the St. Olaf College president. The Council provides advice and guidance to the Institute’s director, helps the director integrate the Institute’s mission and goals throughout the college, and reports to the college president the extent to which The Institute is accomplishing its mission.
Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Professor of Music
Thomas Bernardin, Assistant Professor of Economics
Sarah Bresnahan ’17, Student
Mary Carlsen, Professor of Social Work
Michael Fuerstein, Assistant Professor of Philosophy (on sabbatical)
Rebecca Judge, Professor of Economics, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences
Edward Langerak, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy
Jason Marsh, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
James May, Professor of Classics, Kenneth O. Bjork Distinguished Professor
Grace Polusny ’17, Student
Douglas Schuurman, Professor of Religion
Institute Advisory Board
The Institute Advisory Board, appointed by the Chair of the College’s Board of Regents, advises the director of The Institute with a particular eye to ensuring that The Institute fulfills its mission and thus honors the agreements made with the donors who support its work.
Regent John B. Grotting ’71, Chair of the Advisory Board
President David R. Anderson ’74
Senior Regent Dean L. Buntrock ’55
Arne L. Christenson ’83
Regent B. Kristine Olson Johnson ’73
Professor James M. May, Department of Classics, Kenneth O. Bjork Distinguished Professor
Grace E. Polusny ’17