Augustana Update and Future

Augustana Update and Future
Mar 26, 2018
President Steven Bahls
Augustana Update and Future

Steven Bahls has been president of Augustana College (Illinois) for thirteen years.   Augustana is a liberal arts and sciences college in Rock Island, Illinois.  He has also served as dean of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, associate dean and professor of University of Montana School of Law and as a practicing lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He taught corporate law and published many scholarly articles about corporate governance.  As a law professor, he taught in Canada, Germany, Greece and China.

He has written extensively about higher education and shared governance in Trusteeship, AGB Blog, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed.  He is the author of the best-selling book, SHARED GOVERNANCE IN TIMES OF CHANGE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES, published in 2014 by AGB Press.   He wrote much of this book during his recent sabbatical, which he spent in the arctic regions of Canada. 

He is a consultant for the Association of Governing Boards, working with higher education institutions across the United States to improve shared governance in order to create the alignment necessary for outstanding educational outcomes.

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned his J.D. at Northwestern University, where he was Head Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

President Bahls is serving on or has served on the boards of several national organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Lutheran Education Conference of North America and University of Montana School of Law Board of Visitors.  He is chair of the board of the Putnam Museum and Science Center.  He is also the vice chair of the board of the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Genesis Health Systems.