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College president , Minister

Robert Edgar Karsten, American college president, minister. Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church, 1956. Danforth Graduate fellow, 1970-1971; named chaplain Lutheran Church in American Bicentennial Convention, 1976.


Karsten, Robert Edgar was born on September 20, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Edgar John and Annette (Welch) Karsten.


Bachelor of Arts, Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois, 1952;Master of Divinity, Lutheran School Theology, Chicago, 1956;Doctor of Philosophy, University Denver, 1972.


Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Estherville, Iowa., 1956-1958;associate pastor, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Missoury, 1958-1960;pastor, Pleasant View Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, 1960-1965;pastor, U. Wittenberg U., Springfield, Ohio., 1965-1972;vice president academic administration, dean College, professor religion, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1973-1982;provost, Capital U., Columbus, Ohio., 1983-1989;vice president academic affairs, Capital U., Columbus, Ohio., 1983-1989;president, Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey, since 1989. Consultant National Endowment for Humanities, Washington, since 1977. Member executive county Lutheran Church in American, New York City, 1977-1987, Commision on Issues of War and Peace, New York City, 1982.

Member board pensions Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, since 1988. Consultant witness United States Commision on Establishing a Peace Academy, Washington, 1981.


  • Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church, 1956.


Board of directors Urban League, Springfield, 1968-1971. Vice Chairman, Board Of Directors Springfield Opportunities Industrialization Center, 1971-1972. Board directors American Heart Association-Ohio, Columbus.

Member American Association Higher Education, Lutheran Conference Academy Deans (chairman national conf.1976).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: jogging, bird watching, photography.


Married Norma Frances Hoffman, September 3, 1960. Children– Anne Elizabeth, Thomas Robert.

Edgar John Karsten

Annette (Welch) Karsten

Norma Frances Hoffman

Anne Elizabeth Karsten

Thomas Robert Karsten