Clyde Andrew Walter has been appointed by President James Nieman to serve as Interim Vice President for Advancement for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, beginning Sept. 4.
Walter joined LSTC’s Advancement Office in January 2015 as campaign director and major gift officer. In this new role, which runs until February 2020, he will continue to manage the comprehensive campaign and lead the annual, major, and planned gift programs. He will be responsible for leading the advancement team and representing advancement work within and beyond the school.
“I am grateful for Clyde’s willingness to serve, and confident in his leadership abilities,” Nieman said in an announcement to staff and faculty today. Nieman said that the eighteen month appointment allows him and the school to develop the search for a vice president in a “careful, manageable, sustainable, and effective manner.”
“During this interim period, I look forward to working diligently with the advancement team, LSTC faculty and staff, LSTC boards, and our network of alumni and donors to advance our work and ultimately the mission of LSTC,” Walter said.
Earlier this year, Walter received the Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award from the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). The award is given to a member of ALDE who is under 40, shows exemplary participation in the organization at the local or national level, and is an inspiration to others regarding great commitment and involvement. Walter received the award at ALDE’s annual conference in Minneapolis March 2.
Walter has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and as the director of stewardship and advancement at Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, Ill.
Walter holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island. He is married to Pastor Kyle Severson, a 2015 graduate of LSTC.
Assistant to the President
Director of Communication and Marketing
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.