Spring Commencement 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:30am

Commencement Vespers (May 12, 7:30 p.m.)

Commencement Ceremony - This event will be live streamed (video player at bottom of this page)

James Minor

Commencement Speaker

Jim Minor grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education with a double major in history and geography from St. Cloud State University in 1969. While he was offered a teaching job upon graduation at a time when teaching jobs were scarce, instead, he decided to pursue a career in human resources management.  An opportunity was presented to him in the recording music industry and he spent twenty-five years in this exciting and rewarding business. During those years he was always an active volunteer in his work community. He participated in the 70001 Project providing GED diplomas for high school dropouts and the DECCA program in Hopkins, Minnesota, teaching occupational skills to non-college-bound students.

Minor served on the board of directors for seventeen years at People Serving People, the largest homeless shelter in the Midwest. Many of those years he served as chairman and the last seven years as the president/CEO. He retired in 2010 after a very satisfying career. 

Minor also served six years in the Minnesota National Guard for the 135th Infantry Division in Stillwater, Minnesota, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant.

He is a lifelong member of King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. He has served King of Grace in several volunteer positions including Sunday school teacher and director, board member and congregational chairman, chairman of the building committee, and delegate to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod convention.

Minor and his wife, Terry, have been married forty-eight years and currently reside in Danbury, Wisconsin. Although they did not attend Bethany, they have close family ties to the College. Their two daughters, Tiann Madson and Alissa Oleck are both graduates of Bethany.  He has thoroughly enjoyed being on the Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents for the past eleven years, currently serving as chair of the Investment Committee and Advancement Committee, and is secretary of the Finance/Audit Committee. The Minors have been blessed with four grandchildren.