Rev. Mark Zarling, President of Martin Luther College (MLC) from 2007 to 2020, is retiring this summer. During Zarling’s tenure, the campus saw the construction of the Chapel of the Christ, the Early Childhood Learning Center, a baseball field and a soccer pitch. The academic catalog expanded to include majors in early childhood education and special education, many four-year secondary education majors and minors in urban ministry and Chinese. The graduate program added two new degrees, Master of Science in Educational Administration and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Continuing education offerings expanded to include new teacher induction, new certifications and many on-campus, online and on-location professional development options. Zarling and his wife, Colette, are moving to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, this summer and are planning road trips to the East and West Coasts to see their children and grandchildren.


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