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Ryan Ingersoll Appointed Executive Director of Trinity Education Foundation

Trinity Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the official appointment of Ryan Ingersoll as our permanent Executive Director. Board President, Heather Goff said, “Ryan has served admirably as our Interim Executive Director for the past year, and the entire Board of Trustees is confident that he is the ideal leader to continue our mission of empowering students through our programs. Ryan’s dedication to educational equity and proven leadership make him a valuable asset to the Foundation, and we look forward to even greater achievements under his guidance.”

TEF was formed in 2007 to support Trinity Lutheran College (TLC), which began 80 years ago in 1944 as the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (LBIS). Before closing in 2016, LBIS/TLC existed in multiple locations–including Seattle, Issaquah, and Everett. The uniquely Christian and decidedly pan-Lutheran community was a holistically formative educational environment that helped shape the spirituality and faith of thousands of students. Today, its alums and former students live out their unique calling in their communities, cultivating places and spaces for others to flourish.

Today, TEF partners with students and others, providing grants, scholarships, and individualized support to foster academic success and inspire vocational development, reflecting the Gospel’s values of love, justice, and healing for the sake of the world. TEF envisions graduates living out their vocation and constructively impacting their communities in response to Christ’s calling to lives of service and stewardship of God’s creation. In the past 8 years, TEF has empowered nearly 200 college students, seminarians, and multiple Lutheran synods with over $2 million in scholarships/grants and over a thousand hours of individualized support through one-on-one coaching.

Ryan Ingersoll is a relational, innovative, and compassionate leader with two decades of experience in higher education at several universities including, Augburg University, Seattle Pacific University, George Fox University, and University of Portland. As an inquiry-based, constructivist, and learner-centric educator, he is passionate about education and helping others uncover and integrate their vocational discernment. Ryan is a committed advocate for equitable environments that promote access, diversity, and belonging. Ryan is a first-generation college student formed by LBIS/TLC, earning a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry at the Issaquah campus. Ryan earned a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies from Seattle Pacific Seminary and a M.Ed. in Digital Education Leadership from Seattle Pacific University. Ryan is married to TLC alum and former faculty member Heather Ingersoll, and they live near Portland, Oregon, with their children. Ryan said, “My experience at Trinity was transformative–lifelong relationships, faculty/staff mentoring, enriching education, deepening faith and spirituality. Trinity is where I began to learn and understand my vocational calling. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this beloved institution as we empower new generations of students in their vocational discernment and educational endeavors.”

For more information, contact Ryan Ingersoll.



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