Profile: Dr. Thomas Krise

Thomas W. Krise became the 13th president of Pacific Lutheran University on June 1, 2012.

He also holds a full professorship with tenure in the Department of English. He earned a B.S. in history from the United States Air Force Academy in 1983, an M.S.A. in human resources management from Central Michigan University in 1986, an M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 1995. He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to his appointment as PLU’s President, he was Dean of the College of the Pacific at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he was responsible for 32 graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and more than 200 faculty and staff members in 27 departments, centers, and programs with a total budget of more than $20 million.

The son and grandson of Army medical service officers, he was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his early childhood in Washington, D.C., and on military posts across the U.S. and in Germany. He lived aboard a sailboat for the better part of two years and then attended high school on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where he was a deckhand, a dive master, and an Eagle Scout. He is married to Patricia Love Krise, a native of Indianapolis, who earned a B.A. from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Miami University of Ohio. She has been a Fortune-50 manager and executive for more than 25 years, currently with the Ford Motor Company. They live at Gonyea House, the official residence of the President of PLU, in Tacoma, Washington.

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