Board Bio Details

Did You Know?

  • 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 College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations. 

  • 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.

  • The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.

  • The first LIT was held on January 31, 1953. That year it was a one-day tournament involving sixteen teams from Southern Saskatchewan. All preliminary games were played cross court, two games at a time.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

Karen Pflanzner

Karen Pflanzner, in her second term of service, is the current Secretary, and has served on the Board of Regents since 2011. Karen is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA), a Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for protecting consumer interests and regulating Saskatchewan’s marketplace. 

She became involved with Luther College through members at Bread of Life Lutheran Church who were active members of the Luther community and asked her to consider becoming a Board of Regent. In addition, both of her daughters are part of the Luther community: Shelby registered as a pre-professional student in science at Luther College at University of Regina where she spent two years before transferring to College of Pharmacy at University of Saskatchewan, and Alexis currently attends Luther College High School and will enter into Grade 11 in the fall of 2016.

Karen regards her years served on the Board as a “privilege.” As someone who is passionate about lifelong learning and education, she has found it “extremely rewarding to be part of an institution that is so strongly committed to a liberal arts education and to the students’ lifelong success for today’s global marketplace.”

Karen has served on the Board of the Bread of Life Lutheran Church, the Planning Committee for the Canadian Cancer Society Patches of Hope Quilt Auction, and the Dress for Success Justice Team. She is currently a member of a number of organizations, including the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, and the Bread of Life Lutheran Church.