That is precisely the point for William Frame, president emeritus of Augsburg College, whose own experience spawned the council's program.Frame had an iconoclastic career in which he abandoned a job as a tenured professor of political science at Kenyon College for 10 years as a banker, and when he sought to return to teaching, found that colleges had no interest in having someone with that career arc in their classrooms.So he returned to academe through finance, becoming chief financial officer at Pacific Lutheran University in the early 1990s.
One of the tasks assigned to him there was to study the college's history as part of a reworking of its strategic plan, and that brought Frame
in contact with Martin Luther's definition of "vocation" as a way of fulfilling a spiritual mission in everyday life, including through one's occupation.
...That experience, among others, Frame said, made him a candidate when Augsburg needed a new president, and chose him, in 1997, as its first non-Lutheran, non-Norwegian leader.
found that being a student of Lutheranism, as he
had been at Pacific Lutheran
, had not fully prepared him for being a representative of it as the Augsburg presidency required, and he
admits to spending almost every night early on fretting, "Why am I here?What caused this to happen?"
"I must have nearly killed my wife" with the angst, he
said at Saturday's session.But the time he
spent thinking and writing and understanding how his
own personal goals as president aligned with Augsburg's institutional sense of mission, he
said, persuaded him that others would benefit from similar reflection.