At the November 6-8, 2003 meeting of the LSTC Board of Directors, Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathleen D. Billman was unanimously re-elected to a second 5-year term beginning July 1, 2004. Billmans's first term began in 1999 after she had served in Associate and Assistant Professor roles beginning in 1992.
Susan Rehwaldt, Chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs noted, "Dean Billman's first term as Dean of Academic Affairs was a challenge as the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago changed from a quarter system to a semester system, approved a new curriculum, and filled five faculty positions. However, her superb administrative skills, her ability to work well in a collegial setting, her grace under pressure, and her talent to function in an ever-changing ambivalent environment allowed her to work with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to accomplish these significant changes. LSTC is blessed that Dean Billman agreed to serve a second five year term as academic dean, and the Board of Directors was honored to ratify her appointment. We feel that the academic component of the Lutheran School of Theology is in very capable hands."
The Board of Directors also directed LSTC President James Echols and Faculty to work with Billman to schedule a sabbatical early in her second term as Dean of Academic Affairs. This sabbatical will help to develop a plan for administrative adjustments that address the demanding responsibilities of this position.
When asked what tasks Billman will address in her second term, she said, "I hope to assist two simultaneous 'moves' that are always part of a faithful institution's life....[These] efforts require a kind of spiritual stamina of an institution and its leaders....the stamina to do the 'daily round' with rigor and care, and the stamina to address the unexpected challenges that upset equilibrium and call us to new choices."