Dr. Erik Ankerberg named to Thrivent Fellows Program

Date posted: May 7, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Erik P. Ankerberg, Ph.D., recently was named to the Thrivent Fellows Program, a rigorous 12-month executive development fellowship for the purpose of growing the leadership capacity of the colleges and universities of the Lutheran Church. Dr. Ankerberg serves as an associate professor of English at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Sponsored by the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Congregational and Synodical Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Fellows Program is designed to identify, encourage, develop, and equip high-capacity senior leaders for leadership roles in Lutheran colleges and universities.

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

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 and financial 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.

Dr. Ankerberg has earned degrees from both Marquette University and Concordia University Chicago. In 2010, he received the Gary Greenfield Chair of Christian Leadership Award for his proposed honors program and currently serves as the chair of the School of Modern Languages at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.