Turning the Page

As we prepare to turn the page of the calendar to a new year, we have every reason for hope and optimism.  Early indications are that enrollment will remain very strong for the spring semester.  The financial position of the University for the first six months of the fiscal year is sound.  Qualified

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Leaders Needed

Every organization needs leaders. Concordia University has been blessed with an abundance of tremendous leaders. We recently celebrated the life and contributions of one extraordinary leader, Dr. Loma Meyer. She is but one of many figures who have led heroically throughout the last twelve decades. God raises up leaders for

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A Big Week for a Good Guy

  This has been quite a week for our good friend and Vice President for Finance Dr. Michael Dorner.  Michael successfully defended his PhD Dissertation today, the topic of which was The Governance of Denominational Colleges and Universities in an Era of Declining Denominational Identity among Students.  A good number of his

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Two Griefs Observed

Recently Concordia University hosted a nationally known author, whose book has appeared on the New York Times best seller list. The topic of both the speech and the book was the author’s experience with the untimely death of her mother from cancer over two decades ago, and her personal journey

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Many New Highs

The official census figures are in, and enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year has exceeded all expectations. My last President’s Post projected a total fall enrollment of between 3,900 and 4,000 students. Actual fall 2014 census is 4,057 students, with increases coming in all three categories of our business: traditional

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Enrollment Up, Programs Approved . . . by the grace of God

Preliminary enrollment figures for the 2014-15 academic year are indicating a solid increase in enrollment over the previous year. As of yesterday, traditional undergraduate enrollment is at 1,379 students for fall semester, an increase of approximately 25 over last fall’s record. Cohort starts next week are expected to enroll 900

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A Rare Privilege

On Saturday, August 9th I had the privilege of speaking at the funeral of an old, dear friend, Earl Nolte. The service was held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN. Concordia alumna Jane (Kriel) Horn (`73) masterfully played the organ and led St. Michael’s choir and orchestra. Concordia alumnus

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Enrollment Going Up

Fall enrollment figures are beginning to firm up. Beth Peter, Director of Administrative Computing and Director of Institutional Research, recently reported traditional undergraduate headcount for fall 2014 at 1,275, up 16% from the same time last year, and a whopping 34% from the same time two years ago. Non-traditional undergraduate

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Taking Stock

It is important to periodically evaluate progress on our strategic plan. While we are entering the second year of our formal plan, which spans July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018, it is appropriate to look back over the last three years to see what kind of momentum we are building.

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At Last, A Terminal Degree

That’s me on the scoreboard at Mariucci Arena “getting hooded” as I was awarded my PhD from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development last month.  It is often said that no one earns a PhD alone, and that was certainly true in my case. First, I have to

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