Board Bio Details

Did You Know?

  • 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.

  • Do you know someone in Kindergarten to Grade 8 that would like to be part of the Luther Family? Encourage them to join the Future Luther Student program!

  • The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Bruce McDowell

Bruce McDowell, in his first term of service, is the current Treasurer and has served on the Board of Regents since 2012. He retired from his career in finance in 2015 after thirty-five years as a Financial Manager for a number of organizations (including Hoechst, Agrevo, Aventis, Bayer CropScience, Ministry of Environment, Viterra, Crop Production Services, and Brandt Developments). 

It was through Murray Hilderman (HS’84, U’90), who served on the Luther College Board of Regents from 2005-2013, that Bruce joined the Board. Bruce knew Murray from working together at the Ministry of Environment and a fellow member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Bruce’s professional passion is Financial Systems Implementations and he has become an expert in the areas of Accounting, Financial Management, Internal Management Reporting, Systems Implementation, Business Analysis, Policies and Processes. Bruce’s strong Lutheran values, extensive career in finance, and his previous volunteer experience as Treasurer and Elder at Christ Lutheran Church and as Treasurer and Financial Secretary at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, made him a natural fit for Luther’s Board. He leads by example in his belief that “it is important to give back to the community and help out where [one] can and in whatever capacity is useful.”