Rev. Dr. Tom Ries is a graduate of Concordia Senior College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration, also from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Ries began his professional career as a Lutheran pastor, serving in parish ministry for a total of eleven years. The remainder of his career has been spent in administrative positions, first as Assistant to the President and Vice President for College Relations and later as Vice President for Finance and Operations at Concordia University, St. Paul. He served as President of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Foundation immediately prior to returning to Concordia University as the institution’s ninth president on June 1, 2011.
Tom and his wife Susie have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.