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Kenesa Debela appointed Director - Information Technology Services; Laura Wilhelm named Executive for Administration, Assessment and Planning

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Kenesa Debela has been appointed as Director – Information Technology Services at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He returns to LSTC after three years as Workplace Technology and Collaboration Consultant for Accenture, assisting corporations across the country on technology assessment, migration projects, and new system implementation.

Debela holds a bachelor of science in information systems from Chicago State University and is a Microsoft Certified System Administrator. He was part of the LSTC/McCormick Seminary shared Information Technology Services department from 1999-2007.

Debela leads a reorganized Information Services Office at LSTC. Former Director of Information Services Laura Wilhelm has accepted a new position as LSTC’s Executive for Administration, Assessment and Planning. Linda Arbataitis will provide support to LSTC on database and Microsoft software. The position of Technology Services Coordinator was eliminated.

“Kenny Debela’s technical and administrative skills will help LSTC continue to move forward in the area of educational technology,” said President James Kenneth Echols. “In her new role, Laura Wilhelm will strengthen LSTC’s ability to respond to the church’s needs for visionary leaders and theological education.”

These changes went into effect on March 31.


Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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