Lutheran Names 9th President

Source: Augustana College

As commencement exercises conclude, Augustana College is optimistic about the future. Nestled in the plains of Upstate New York, Augustana College is known for its welcoming atmosphere, campus greenery, and student life.

Over the course of the past year, following the retirement of several key administration officials, the university launched a nationwide presidential search that resulted in the naming of Dr. Andrea Talentino as the school’s ninth president.

“We are proud to present Dr. Andrea Talentino as our next president,” said John Murabito ’80, chair of the board who led the national search. “She will embrace the values, principles and beautiful traditions of Augustana, while fully understanding the challenges of private colleges in 2021.

“Dr. Talentino is a scholar, a teacher and mentor for students; an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion; and an innovator and engaged citizen. She is looking forward to connecting with the Augustana community, including alumni around the world.” 

Prior to coming to Augustana, Dr. Talentino served as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norwich University in Vermont and Associate dean at Drew University in New Jersey.

“Augustana’s mission and vision reflect what I most care about,” Dr. Talentino said. “I’ve focused on creating an inclusive, holistic, challenging, integrated student experience that offers a real transformational opportunity. Any institution can have internships, study abroad, opportunities for research, but it’s how you put them together, how you create natural connections and meaning between all of them that makes the difference in what’s outstanding and what is ‘just fine,’ and Augustana is committed to being outstanding.”

Dr. Talentino earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Yale University and completed her graduate training at UCLA where she obtained a master’s and doctorate in political science. In her capacity as dean at at Norwich, she earned an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership.

A 22-year higher education professional, she has risen through the administrative ranks at every school where she has served.

“Everything I’ve ever done is about being a teacher, even when I’m in administration,” Dr. Talentino said. “An institution is not going to move forward if you’re not also developing the people, and the people aren’t going to be motivated and excited if you’re not moving the institution forward.” 

Dr. Talentino will succeed Steve Bahls, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Source: Augustana College