Trinity Lutheran College Closing In Everett

Trinity Lutheran

The solar installation at Trinity Lutheran in downtown Everett.

Just received the following press release from Kandace Barnes confirming Trinity Lutheran College in downtown Everett will be closing…

Today, Trinity Lutheran College announced that it is ceasing instruction at the end of spring semester 2016 with no intention to resume classes in the fall. This decision, which was made through unanimous vote by the college’s Board of Directors, follows a season of low enrollment and financial challenges.

“After prayer, discernment and a careful and thorough study of all the resources and options available to us, the Board of Directors of Trinity Lutheran College has come to the conclusion that any efforts to increase enrollment at Trinity will no longer sustain the college. With deep sadness, I share with you that the Board has voted to cease academic instruction at Trinity in May 2016,” said Board Chair Rev. Dr. Kevin Bates in an email to students, faculty and staff on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rev. Jim Lindus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, Wash., has been hired by the Board as the college’s Executive Director. Lindus was appointed after the college’s most recent president, John W. Reed, tendered his resignation. Lindus began his work with Trinity this past week. Trinity will continue operations through the end of spring semester and hold a final ceremony for its graduating seniors in early May.

The college is working with neighboring colleges and universities to place its remaining students to complete their coursework. “Our students have been and continue to be our highest priority for the faculty and staff at Trinity Lutheran College. We will work tirelessly to aid students in finding a new institution to finish their remaining credits and coursework, although they will always be part of the Trinity community,” said Michael DeLashmutt, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Trinity has served in higher education for the past 72 years, first as the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle and more recently as Trinity Lutheran College, an accredited four-year institution. The college moved to its current location in Everett in 2008.




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13 Responses to “Trinity Lutheran College Closing In Everett”

  1. AlmostGraduate Says:

    I went to this school – some 12 years ago – back when it was still located in Issaquah. I don’t know much about the politics of the place or their president, so I can’t comment on that; however, even when I was there they talked about how little money they had. They had trouble attracting students due to their oddly un-Bible based leftist ‘Christianity’ IMO. Most of the students in my time were made up of Lutheran implants from Minnesota who followed the ELCA branch. With a changing in church doctrines and schisms everywhere, it’s not surprising that a small school like this went under. I don’t think Everett has anything to do with it.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    These accusations are 100% false! They are defamation of character and pure slander. And you call yourself a Christian school??? You should be embarrassed and ashamed of yourselves! I AM DISGUSTED!!!

    The President is an ethical man and poured his blood, sweat, heart and soul into trying to keep that school afloat, which by the way, has been on the brink of financial failure for decades. Can you look yourself in the mirror and honestly say to yourself that you did the same? Did you pour your blood, sweat, heart and soul into trying to make the school succeed? Or did you just sit back and complain, arm chair quarter back and undermine?

    I would challenge anyone of you with your cowardly comments to sit in the Presidents chair and see if you could do better. You have no idea what it means to operate at that level of Leadership under such difficult circumstances; the constant pressure and difficult decisions that have to be made everyday… you have no clue!

    Go ahead…go look in the mirror “Christians”.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Talk to his stakeholders. DO IT! I dare you. Start with students. Then I’ll share my own experiences!

      Ask them.

  3. A Says:

    GO Everett! this city is falling apart and FAST.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Not surprising.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I can personally worked with him. Institution is/was out of integrity, failed students of color, and explodes of privilege. Check retention rates! Graduation rates! Check it all. He failed. Again.

    Ask the students. Go for it!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Supposed money laundering and $40k missing

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Prez. was the worse person to lead an academic institution.

    Question everything.

  8. Zach Says:

    Hope ECC buys and utilizes it.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    More empty buildings in Everett not good.