Board Bio Details
Did You Know?
Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.
When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.
Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.
The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.
Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.
Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.
The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!
In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.
David Solheim, in his second term of service, is the current Vice-Chair and has served on the Board of Regents since 2011. In 2015, he retired from his career as a Project Manager (primarily in the area of information technology), and business owner.
Though he had a connection to Luther College for much of his life, his involvement began once his children started high school; Jeff, Krista, and Tara all graduated from Luther College High School (LCHS) and his son, Erik attended LCHS for Grade nine. His close friends Ann and the late Richard Nostbakken also worked at LCHS.
For David, giving back to Luther is important for a multitude of reasons. First, Lutheran Christian schools are part of his heritage: his father worked at LCBI High School in Outlook, Saskatchewan (the sister school to LCHS) for close to thirty years, and his grandfather was involved with the beginnings of Camrose Lutheran College (now Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta). Secondly, he feels that Luther was good for his own children, and he would like that same opportunity to be provided to others. And, finally, because “education, and in particular education in the Liberal Arts, is critical to a balanced effective community, country and world. Luther College plays an important role in making that happen.”
Over the years, David has given of his time, service and leadership to various organizations, including Our Saviors Lutheran Church Council, New Dance Horizons, PMI Regina South Sask, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.