Richard Vivian appointed vice president for finance and operations October 4, 2021

Richard Vivian has been appointed Vice President for Finance and Operations by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors starting September 1. Vivian had been serving as interim vice president since April.  

“I am delighted that Richard now steps into this senior leadership role at our school with all of his insight, clarity, and professionalism,” said James Nieman, president. “As Controller, he was already familiar with the many challenges our small but complex school faces. Now I glad that his wisdom will inform larger strategic decisions for the seminary. Richard’s collegiality sets a positive tone in so many situations.”

“I am honored and humbled in my appointment. I look forward to working with everyone in meeting our challenges as we continue to answer our calling,” Vivian said.

Vivian has nearly 20 years of experience in financial analysis and accounting with both nonprofit and for-profit institutions. He began his career working for DePaul University’s Office of the Treasurer. He went on to work for Tribune Broadcasting, Infrastructure Engineering and Catharsis Productions. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., and studied at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.


Patti DeBias

Assistant to the President

Jan Boden
Public Relations Manager

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.

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