Dr. Peter Nash
Dr. Peter Nash

The Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Endowed Chair in World Communities

Established in 1989 through a generous donation from the Saemann Foundation

Dr. Peter Nash came to Wartburg in 2003 after serving as a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at the Lutheran School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute of Graduate Studies in Theology in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil.

He has been a visiting professor at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Augustana Theologische Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany, and Seminario Unido de Ricatla in Maputo, Mozambique. He also served on the initial evangelization and outreach work group for Book of Faith: Lutherans Read the Bible, a special consultation team for an initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He authored the book, Reading Race, Reading the Bible, published by Fortress Press.

Nash earned a Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern languages and civilization from the University of Chicago. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree in humanities, Hebrew, and Greek from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. Nash was appointed to the Saemann Endowed Chair in World Communities in May 2007.

Irene List Saemann was the granddaughter of the Rev. Georg Grossmann, first president of Wartburg College. Born in Waverly, she became a nurse and married Franklin I. Saemann, a pioneer in the field of orthopedics. Together, they founded Orthopedic Equipment Company in Warsaw, Ind., which became a worldwide operation. The Saemann Foundation, established following the death of Franklin Saemann in 1987, perpetuates the couple's philanthropy and has provided substantial funding for Grossmann Hall and Saemann Student Center.