Arnold (Bud) Lindstrand
Governance Committee Chair
Bud Lindstrand '54 and his wife, Gail, currently serve as volunteer National Prayer Coordinators with the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association in Portland, OR. Prior to 1998 he was president and CEO of ODS Health Plans, a major provider of health insurance in Oregon. When he began with ODS, it was a small company with 23 employees and $4 million in revenues. When he retired, ODS had over 400 employees and revenues in excess of $400 million.
Lindstrand received a B.A. in history from Northwestern in 1954, attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (1955) and the University of Oregon (1956–57). He worked with Aetna Life & Casualty in various management positions (1957–74) before going to work with ODS.
Lindstrand was married to Roxann from 1953 until her death in 2000. They raised two children, Marty and Deon. In May 2002 he married Gail, a family friend of 35 years. Their marriage brought her children, Dodd and Paige, into his family. They have fourteen grandchildren.
Born and raised in a Christian home, Lindstrand made a public profession of Christ and was baptized at age nine; however, he says his true conversion took place during his freshman year at Northwestern.
Lindstrand has taught adults in Sunday school and other Bible study settings for more than 40 years, and has served on church boards wherever he has worshipped. An interest in music, which began at Northwestern, has grown to include singing with church choirs and special music groups, as well as solo work.
Lindstrand's board work includes the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Symphony Association, American Symphony Orchestra League, Business Committee for Arts, The Capital Initiative, Association for Portland Progress, WorldVenture Mission Board, IDEAS-Christian Humanitarian Society, Oregon Symphony Foundation, Lewis & Clark Trustee, and Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.