Former PLU President Eugene Wiegman Conducts the Senate’s Opening Prayer

On Tuesday, the Washington State Senate was honored to welcome the Rev. Dr. Eugene Wiegman, who is both the former president of Pacific Lutheran University and former Washington state Ccommissioner of employment security, to lead the day’s opening prayer.

Wiegman was born on October 27, 1929 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After serving in the Marine Corps, he attended Concordia College in River Forest, going on to earn a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Kansas in 1962.

Wiegman became president of Pacific Lutheran University in 1969, serving until 1974. As president, he established a university wide commission to study and design policies, as well as a Regency professorship . He later served as Washington state’s commissioner of employment security, from 1977 to 1981.

Before the prayer, Habib met with Dr. Wiegman and his wife Kathleen, discussing higher education initiatives and Wiegman’s legacy in Washington state.