Paul Pribbenow, the 10th president of Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and located in Minneapolis, is recognized as one of the country’s most engaging commentators and teachers on ethics, philanthropy, and American public life.
Before coming to Augsburg College in 2006, Pribbenow served as president of Rockford College in Rockford, Ill. He also has served as research fellow for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (Indiana); dean for College Advancement and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College; vice president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and associate dean of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Pribbenow holds a BA (1978) from Luther College (Iowa), and an MA (1979) and PhD (1993) in social ethics from the University of Chicago.
Pribbenow chairs the state board of the Minnesota Campus Compact. From 2009 to 2001, he served as chair of the Minnesota Private College Council. Previously, he chaired the state board of the Illinois Campus Compact and served on the visiting committee to the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He was named a McCormick Presidential Civic Leader Fellow for 2003-04 and for 2005-06. Pribbenow is the author of numerous articles on the professions, ethics, and not-for-profit management. He publishes a bi-monthly e-mail newsletter titled “Notes for the Reflective Practitioner” and has edited two collections of essays titled Serving the Public Trust: Insights for Fund Raising Research and Practice, Volumes 1 and 2 (Jossey-Bass, 2000 and 2001).
Pribbenow lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Abigail Crampton Pribbenow, an arts administrator, and their two children, Thomas and Maya.