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Richard Bliese

Richard Bliese was recently named president of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools, effective January 1, 2014. In his new role, he will oversee and direct all In Trust programs and activities, including In Trust magazine—a twenty-four-year-old quarterly periodical for seminary trustees and senior administrators—and the In Trust Governance Mentor service, which offers customized help to theological school boards. Bliese will also lead the expansion of a new In Trust signature service funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Resource Consulting. Bliese was president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, the largest of the eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, from 2005 to 2012. He has thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the church, and the academy. He is coeditor of The Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran Contribution (Augsburg Fortress, 2005) and coauthor of Living Out Our Callings in the Workplace (Luther Seminary, 2004). Bliese earned a ThD from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.