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TyAnn Lindell is Finlandia EVP for Academic and Student Affairs

TyAnn LindellHANCOCK, MI - HANCOCK, MI -Finlandia University President Philip Johnson has announced that effective October 1, 2010, TyAnn Lindell is the university's executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

Lindell comes to Finlandia from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, where for eight years she was assistant dean for academic affairs. Wartburg, along with Finlandia, is among the 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

"There are so many good things I could say about TyAnn," says President Johnson. "Finlandia is fortunate. Her blend of education and experience are well-matched to the university's current needs and evolving opportunities. I am confident that TyAnn will provide the enduring leadership we need to achieve our long-term academic and student affairs goals. She has a track record of program innovation that will well serve our teaching-learning commitments, inside and outside the classroom."

Lindell, as EVP for academic and student affairs, serves on the president's three-member management team.

Among the key attributes Lindell brings to Finlandia are demonstrated effectiveness in launching new initiatives that fully integrate the curricular and co-curricular experience of students, expertise in educational technologies, and a deep appreciation for the value of delivering professional preparation within a liberal arts framework.

President Johnson notes that Lindell, "understands Finlandia's commitment to uncommon attention because she comes out of a similar context, having attended and worked at two small church-related liberal arts colleges, Wartburg and Concordia."

Lindell describes herself as learning-centered, adding that her central objective is to enhance learning in both the curricular and co-curricular areas of the university. She views her most recent eight years' employment in Wartburg College's office of the vice president for academic affairs as a kind of "apprenticeship."

She explains that she "did a lot of different things at Wartburg," and as a result she feels especially well-prepared to wear the many curricular and co-curricular "hats" that will be needed here at Finlandia.

Lindell says her immediate priorities are to learn and listen and "be out and about" on campus. She has set an October 31 goal to learn all faculty and staff names and responsibilities, along with some student names. She is well on her way to meet her goal as in just two weeks Lindell has attended a least a dozen university meetings and events.

Lindell completed her undergraduate degree at Concordia College, Seward, Neb., a college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She holds a master of science degree in educational technology from University of Northern Iowa, and she is nearing completion of an Ed.D. in higher education leadership. Her dissertation topic is in student affairs.

Lindell resides in Hancock with her partner, Todd Eckstrom. She has a son, Geoff, who will graduate from high school in Iowa next spring.

Contact TyAnn Lindell at 906-487-7512 or


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