Office of the President

St. Olaf College Mission Statement

St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.

On July 1, 2006, David R. Anderson ’74 became St. Olaf College’s 11th president since its founding in 1874. He previously had served as provost and professor of English at Denison University.

In his inaugural address, “Honor the Past, Celebrate Today, Embrace the Future,” President Anderson stated:

“St. Olaf has defined the best education that can be had as a residential liberal arts education. We bring students together to this campus on a hill, place them in community with one another, and open to them the faculty and the curriculum of the college. We do this not to prepare them for any particular occupation but rather to provide them with the base of knowledge, the skills and proficiencies, the experiences, and the habits of mind and heart that will enable them to flourish in whatever future awaits them.”

Browse an archive of President Anderson’s public remarks.