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New members elected to Board of Regents at Concordia University, Nebraska

Friday, Sep. 1, 2017
Stuart Bartruff, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.
Stuart Bartruff, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.
Gail Hawkins, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.
Gail Hawkins, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.
Erik Vieselmeyer, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.
Erik Vieselmeyer, new member of Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents.

At their quarterly meeting on July 25, 2017, Concordia University, Nebraska’s Board of Regents appointed Stuart Bartruff, Gail Hawkins and Erik Vieselmeyer as new members of the Board of Regents to serve three year terms beginning Sept. 1, 2017.

Reappointed to the Board of Regents to serve three additional terms were Richard Huebner of Centennial, Colorado and Timothy Schwan of Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, three Nebraskans were elected as executive officers. These were Paul Schudel of Lincoln, chair; Jill Johnson of Seward, vice-chair; and Ryan Burger also of Seward, secretary.

Stuart Bartruff serves as senior vice president and area business banking manager for Wells Fargo Bank. He has been employed by Wells Fargo since 1979. Bartruff is a member of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha. He serves on several boards and committees including Divine Shepherd Board of Directors, Christ Lutheran Church (Lincoln) Board of Directors, Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Kearney) Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nebraska Council on Economic Education, and Nebraska Bankers Association committees.

“I commend Concordia University for becoming an outstanding education institution that effectively incorporates academics with the Christian faith,” said Bartruff. “Parents have told me  Concordia prepares their children to serve as a Christian exemplars in the secular world. I am honored to serve as a Regent and I ask for God’s guidance as I fulfill the responsibilities of this role.”

Gail Hawkins serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Tetrad Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been with Tetrad since 1995. Prior to her work at Tetrad, Hawkins served as director of audit for Cornerstone Banking Group and as audit manager for Coopers and Lybrand. She is a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, currently participating on the Foundation’s board of directors.

“I am honored to be a part of this great community and amongst the leadership at Concordia University,” said Hawkins. “May God lead us as we help students discover and pursue their life’s calling with a Christ-centered world view and with the goal of academic distinction.”

Erik Vieselmeyer works for DuPont Pioneer Seed Agency and serves as farm manager for his family farm. Vieselmeyer is a nationally certified crop advisor and has been an advisor for Future Farmers of America at Holyoke High School. Additionally, he is a member of the Platinum Club for top national sales achievement for DuPont Pioneer. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke and served as Lutheran Layman League (LLL) and Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM)– Rocky Mountain Northeast District president, LLL and LHM-Nebraska District Zone 12 president and LLL and LHM-Nebraska State District vice president.

"I am deeply honored to be accepted as a member of the Board of Regents for Concordia University Nebraska,” said Vieselmeyer. ‘As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,’ John 20:21 has been my guiding scripture into this wonderful opportunity to serve Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and this Christ-Centered university. May God help us to equip men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.”