Board Bio Details
Did You Know?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Gregory Swanson, in his first term of service, is new to the Board in 2016. Currently, Greg is an “of Counsel” lawyer with McKercher LLP Law Firm, where he was a partner up until December 2015 when he semi-retired. He continues to work part-time in his legal areas of expertise including Taxation, Corporate Law, and Wills and Estates.
As a University of Regina (U of R) student from 1971 to 1974, Greg has fond memories of Luther, specifically the Cafeteria where he often ate lunch since, as he says, “[it] had the best food on campus.” After convocating from the U of R, his connection to Luther continued through his involvement as president of the U of R Alumni Association and a member of the U of R Senate and Board of Governors, where indirectly he became acquainted with Dr. Bruce Perlson and current Luther President, Dr. Bryan Hillis.
He is particularly excited about working with Luther College: “The future of our society (including my granddaughters) is dependent upon our future leaders being well-educated. And it is institutions like Luther College Regina that provide the great education to those future leaders.”
Greg also serves as the board chair of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation; President of the Scandinavian Club of Regina; and is a member of the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, bicycling, sailing, and downhill and cross country skiing.