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Oak Grove Lutheran School names new president

Bob Otterson previously served as president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and director of philanthropy and mission innovation with the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Bob Otterson.
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FARGO — Oak Grove Lutheran School has appointed Bob Otterson as its new president, the school announced Friday, May 27, in an email to parents and students.

Otterson has been serving as the school's interim president since Jan. 24. He will take on the more permanent title on June 1.

Oak Grove's Board of Regents appointed Otterson after a national search that started in January. His appointment was based on recommendations from the school's executive committee and a search committee that included faculty, regents, parents, alumni, donors and an administrator.

Board of Regents Chair Sher Thomsen wrote in the email to parents and students that Otterson is "strategic, participatory, people-oriented, empowering, communicative and certainly forthright, to use one of his words. His knowledge and expertise in advancement and focused leadership in education have been demonstrated in recent weeks."

Before stepping into the interim role, Otterson was president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and director of philanthropy and mission innovation with the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Otterson and his wife, Lisa, live in Fargo. They have three adult children.

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