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HR Update January 27th

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President Bahls announces retirement

Faculty and staff,

Let us celebrate the accomplishments of President of the College Steven C. Bahls as he announces plans to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year.

President Bahls informed me last spring of his intent to retire at the end of this academic year. The original timeline was postponed by 12 months so President Bahls could lead the college through the challenges of the pandemic.

This weekend we discussed his retirement plans with the board during a virtual retreat.

Below you can read President Bahls' letter to the board, which formally shares his plans.

For a reflection on his leadership and accomplishments at Augustana, see The legacy of Steven C. Bahls.


John Murabito, Chair of the Augustana Board of Trustees

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January 22, 2021


Dear Augustana College Board of Trustees:


This letter is to confirm that I will retire as President of Augustana College upon the completion of my contract on June 30, 2022. This will be a logical transition time, as Augustana has completed its successful AUGUSTANA NOW campaign and most of the Augustana Forward strategic plan should be in place by the time of my retirement. The COVID-19 pandemic that delayed my retirement by a year should be diminished by then. It will be a good time for the new president to work with the community to chart a course for the continuation of Augustana’s record of excellence in this changing world.

Serving as eighth president of Augustana has been a true joy, thanks to our dedicated board, extremely talented leadership team, creative and caring faculty and staff, loyal alumni and wonderfully creative students. Jane and I are immensely grateful for this community, and the opportunities it has afforded for us to serve and to lead not just at the college, but through so many outstanding community organizations in the Quad Cities. Augustana’s hometown has indeed become a home to us.

My presidency has roughly coincided with the years that Millennials went to college. From my interactions with them, I know that their determination, passion for justice, and fluency with new technology and constant innovation give them the potential to be the next Great Generation. Gen-Z, now starting at Augustana, has similar potential. What an honor it has been to be a small part of their growth in mind, spirit and body.

As we look ahead, emerging from COVID-19 as a stronger institution and completing the critical work of Augustana Forward will require the full investment of all members of the Augustana team. So, for the coming 18 months, I pledge to continue to be guided by the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.: "To reach the port of Heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." 

The 50th class reunion celebrations I’ve been privileged to attend have taught me that the search for calling is a lifelong journey that often follows a winding road. Jane and I look forward over the coming months to learning where our journey will next take us as we continue our work of seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. I expect that one part of my next chapter will be continuing to teach one course a year at Augustana during my sabbatical year and beyond.

When I joined the college as its president on July 1, 2003, Augustana was a strong and leading national liberal arts college. I hope that my stewardship since then has left it even more prepared to fulfill its high and worthy purpose than the day I arrived. I have immense confidence that the board will select a courageous leader to help Augustana meet new challenges while remaining true to our mission.


Very truly yours,

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Steven C. Bahls,


This place was made for you

Diversity poster

As we continually strive to be more welcoming and inclusive at Augustana, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has created these "This place was made for you" office signs and stickers for employees to display in their offices.

If you would like to receive one of these signs and/or stickers for your office, please complete this form. For questions, please contact Juliane Fricke.

New position postings

The college has opened searches for two professionals to join our TRIO-SSS office.  Both are new positions funded by five year grant from the department of education.  We are currently searching for:

  • TRIO-SSS Data Specialist
  • TRIO-SSS Program Coordinator

Full details on each position as well as application instructions and deadline can be found on the employment website.  

On this website you'll also be able to see faculty searches including a recently posted Special Collections Librarian position.

Sharing these opportunities with your network is greatly appreciated.

Concert coversations - Linda Phan

Linda Phan, the daughter of Dr. Trang Phan, associate professor of business administration, is being featured with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at its February concerts! For the first time ever, the QCSO has invited the winner of its Quad City Symphony Youth Ensemble's annual Concerto Competition to perform with the orchestra during its Masterworks series.

Linda, who is 11 years old, first performed with an orchestra in Vietnam when she was six. She will make her US orchestral debut with the first movement - Allegro - from Mozart's Third Violin Concerto. Linda talks about her upcoming gig in the QCSO's Concert Conversations. The concert will be available for streaming beginning Feb 7 - visit for more information. 


Tax document availability

For those who signed up for electronic delivery, W-2's are now available by logging into Arches.

Those who have elected paper delivery, these documents will be mailed out this Friday, January 29th and should arrive in 3-5 business days.

Questions?  Email

Feedback on email changes

Earlier this year, a small group worked on implementing changes to our email procedures, tools and access based on survey feedback.  We welcome your feedback on these changes as we look to finalize these changes.  Feedback from this survey, will be combined with feedback from student focus groups.  Please take a moment to answer a very quick survey prior to February 1.

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