Concordia University chooses three prez finalists

Courtesy of Concordia University - St. Paul

Concordia University – St. Paul

Down to three

Concordia University – St. Paul is down to three finalists for its presidency, the school has announced.

The Rev. David Kluth will visit for interviews March 14-15, Donald Christian will be visit March 21-22, and the Rev. Thomas Ries will visit March 28-29.

The Board of Regents will make its appointment April 4 and introduce him to campus April 15.

Here’s an edited list of credentials provided by Concordia’s site, which also has more notes on each:

  • Donald Christian of Round Rock, Texas


  • University of Phoenix, Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership (2007)
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music in Wind Conducting (1986)
  • Concordia University Chicago, Bachelor of Music Education (1981)


  • Concordia University Texas, Dean, College of Business; Austin, Texas (2005- )
  • Lutheran High North, Headmaster; Houston, Texas (2001-2005)
  • Lutheran Education Association,  Associate Director; Houston, Texas (1999-2001)
  • Baltimore Lutheran School, Spiritual Life Director; Baltimore, Maryland  (1997-1999)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Parish Life Administrator; Houston, Texas (1995-1997)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Minister of Young Adults; Houston, Texas (1990-1995)
  • Lutheran High South, Music Director; Houston, Texas (1986-1990)
  • Lutheran High School, Band Director; Minneapolis, Minnesota (1981-1984)

  • The Rev. David Kluth- Round of Rock, Texas


  • Nova Southeastern University, Ed.D.- Instructional Technology and Distance Education (instructional designer), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2001)
  • University of Minnesota, M.A. in Mass Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1990)
  • Minnesota State University, Graduate work- Clinical/Behavioral Psychology, Mankato, Minnesota (1978-1980)
  • Concordia Seminary, M.Div. St. Louis, Missouri (1977)
  • Concordia Senior College, B.A.- Theology and Biology, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1973)
  • Concordia University, Pre-seminary program, St. Paul, Minnesota (1969-1971)


  • Concordia University Texas, Vice President, University Services; Austin, Texas (1996- )
  • Concordia University Texas, Associate Professor – Communications; Austin. Texas (1993- )
  • Concordia University Education Network (CUENet) (1993-2000)
  • Texas District- LC-MS, Chair District Communications Task Force; Austin Texas (1991-1993)
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor; Rosemount, Minnesota (1987-1990)
  • The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, National Board for Communication Services (chair, 1986-1989); St. Louis, Missouri (1983-1989; 2006-2008)
  • Minnesota South District- LC-MS, Editor, Minnesota South Lutheran, District Public Relations Committee; Burnsville, Minnesota (1981-1990)
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Associate Pastor (1980-1983); Senior Pastor (1983-1987); Prior Lake, Minnesota (1980-1987)
  • St. John Lutheran Church- Vernon Center, Minnesota; Trinity Lutheran Church- Lewisville, Minnesota, Pastor; (1977-1980)
  • Concordia Seminary, seminary public relations department; St. Louis, Missouri (1973-1977)
  • The Rev. Thomas Ries of Kirkwood, Mo.


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Minneapolis, Minnesota (expected completion 2011)
  • University of Minnesota, Master of Business Administration, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1988)
  • Concordia Seminary, M.Div., St. Louis, Missouri (1980)
  • Concordia Senior College, B.A. liberal arts, with distinction, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (1976)


  • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation, President; St. Louis, Missouri (2004- )
  • Concordia University, St. Paul, Vice President for Finance and Operations; St. Paul, Minnesota (1999-2004)
  • Howard Schultz and Associates, Senior Associate; Bloomington Minnesota (1995-1998)
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Founding and Senior Pastor; Lakeville, Minnesota (1985-1994)
  • Concordia College, St. Paul, Assistant to the President and Vice President for College Relations; St. Paul, Minnesota (1982-1985)