New Academic Dean at St. Croix Lutheran

Published Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 2:30pm

November 23, 2016, West St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is pleased to announce that Mr. Ryan Rathje has accepted the call to serve as SCL's academic dean for grades 6-12. Rathje currently serves as the Director of Education at Manitowoc Lutheran High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and will begin his duties at SCL in July 2017. Rathje holds a masters degree in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is nearing the completion of his doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. He shares, "I am humbled at the opportunity to join the ministry team at SCL and excited to get to know the teachers and students."

The academic dean position was previously held by Mr. Todd Russ. When he accepted the call to serve as the president of SCL in 2015, the responsibilities of the dean were divided among him, the high school and middle school principals, and two faculty members. Russ says of Rathje, “In my discussions with him, I heard his vision for academics as well as leadership philosophy. He will be an outstanding fit for our ministry and will challenge all of us to strive for excellence!”

About St. Croix Lutheran

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is a private Christian college preparatory school located in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1958, the school offers a full range of academic courses including advanced placement and college-level STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses. 95% of SCL graduates pursue additional education at the university or college level after graduation. 100% of seniors graduated in 2016. The school offers 23 interscholastic sports as a member of the Tri Metro Conference. In addition to championship athletics, students have opportunities to participate in drama, music, and leadership programs. SCL’s on-site 152-bed dormitory opened in May 2015 and welcomes students from 15 countries worldwide.


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