HLA President Search Update

The Board of Directors has initiated a search for the next president of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Since 2003 Hillcrest has been led by former President Steven Brue and is presently led by interim President Joel Egge. The selection of the next president is expected to be announced in the spring of 2017 and the new president installed in July 2017.

We want to thank all of you who participated in our survey that ended on August 31. We will be reviewing and applying the survey results during the interview process. All age groups returned approximately the same number of surveys. Males and females were equally represented. This well-balanced response gives the survey more credibility since it is not the voice of a single segment of our Hillcrest family.
The Search Committee has evaluated the results and are using them in our President Qualifications, Position Announcement and in the future interview process.
The Position Announcement and application are available for download on this page. The Search Committee will submit final candidates to the HLA Board of Directors for a final decision. The goal is to announce our new President in the spring of 2017. We ask for your continued prayer support that the Lord will guide the Search Committee, HLA Board of Directors and the person who will be our next HLA President.

The Hillcrest Search Committee, along with the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Board of Directors, asks your prayers as this process unfolds. We trust the Lord will continue to guide each step of the way. The familiar verse, Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths,” resounds in our hearts and minds.

Mark Soholt

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy President Search Committee Chair


Presidential Position Announcement


· Olav Sandnes – Hillcrest parent and current Chairman of Hillcrest’s Board of Directors.

· Mark Soholt – 1967 graduate, Hillcrest parent, Hillcrest grandparent, member of Hillcrest’s Board of Directors, and chairman of the search committee.

· Sue Leach – Former Hillcrest faculty, Hillcrest parent, and member of Hillcrest’s Board of Directors.

· Eric Ewan – 1992 graduate, Hillcrest parent, and member of Hillcrest’s Board of Directors.

· Dr. Ken Peeders – Former member of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren’s Board of Education for Lutheran Brethren Schools.

· Kevin Foss – 1985 graduate, Hillcrest parent, former Resident Director at Hillcrest Academy, and local pastor.

· Kathy Doering – Hillcrest faculty member, Hillcrest parent, and Hillcrest Jr. High Administrator.

· Linda Patch – Hillcrest parent and Hillcrest staff member.

· Heidi Konynenbelt – Hillcrest parent.

· Jeff Isaac – Hillcrest Principal and Hillcrest parent.