Leadership and Governance

As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University operates under the guidance of its Board of Regents. University governance invites representation by faculty, staff, and students as together we live the University Vision and achieve its Mission.

President

Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D., was inaugurated as the 8th president of Concordia University in August 1997. As president, he is the chief executive officer of the University and its primary spokesperson. Responsible for all educational and managerial affairs, the president is appointed by and reports to the Board of Regents.

University Leadership

These administrators report to the Office of the President and oversee a broad range of University activities in support of its strategic Mission. The broader Administrative Council is a body of 29 members representative of both residential campuses (Wisconsin and Ann Arbor) and all learning contexts (online and extension campuses) that convenes monthly to advise the President and take action on key University issues.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Allen J. Prochnow

Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Dr. William R. Cario

Senior Vice President, University Affairs
Ms. Gretchen M. Jameson

Vice President of Advancement
Rev. Dr. Roy R. Peterson

Vice President of Information Technology
Mr. Thomas G. Phillip

Vice President of Student Life
Mr. Steven P. Taylor

Executive Staff

Vice Provost of Curriculum and Academic Innovation
Dr. Bernard D. Bull

Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs
Dr. Leah M. Dvorak

Vice Provost of Enrollment and Engagement
Dr. Michael D. Uden

Assistant Vice President of Academics – Student Success
Ms. Elizabeth A. Polzin

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Communications
Ms. Lisa Liljegren

Assistant Vice President of University Marketing
Mr. Michael Sapiro

Assistant to the President
Mr. Kenneth K. Gaschk

Campus Pastor
Rev. Steven N. Smith

Dean – Batterman School of Business
Dr. Daniel S. Sem

Dean – School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Steven R. Montreal

Interim Dean – School of Education
Gary W. Petersen

Dean – School of Health Professions
Dr. Linda M. Samuel

Dean – School of Nursing
Dr. Sharon L. Chappy

Dean – School of Pharmacy
Dr. Dean L. Arneson

Board of Regents

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents bears ultimate responsibility for the University’s operations and finances. The Board works under policy based governance to ensure that University graduates are well developed in mind, body, and spirit, fulfill their vocations, and serve Christ in the Church and the world.

Chair
Mr. Terry M. Donovan
Vice President (Retired) – E-Ventures (UPS)

Vice Chair
Ms. Ruth N. Koch
Mental Health Educator – Self-employed

Secretary
Mr. Dwayne D. Jobst
Principal – Lake Country Lutheran High School

Members

Rev. John M. Berg
Associate Pastor – Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Hon. Kenneth B. Bowman
Attorney, Special Magistrate – Tucson City Court
Offensive Lineman/Center (Retired) – Green Bay Packers

Rev. Allan R. Buss
Senior Pastor – Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois

Ms. Deborah J. Davidson
Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development – Gateway Technical College

Mr. Robert A. Denkert, CPA
Owner – Mighty Fortress Accounting, LLC

Rev. David C. Fleming
Senior Pastor – Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Deac. Lynnette Fredericksen
Deaconess – St. Paul Lutheran Church in Worden, Illinois

Dr. Timothy M. Jest
Physician – General Internal Medicine
Medical Director Primary Care, Milwaukee Area – Ascension Medical Group

Ms. Nancy K. Korom
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Mr. Richard F. Laabs
President and CEO – Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative, Inc. (LUMIN Schools)

Ms. Harriet L. Pedersen
President and CEO – Commerce Industrial Chemicals

Mr. Dale A. Robertson
President and CEO – Grand Rapids Public Museum

Mr. Richard C. Robertson
President and CEO (Retired) – Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Ms. Christine A. Specht-Palmert
President and CEO – Cousins Subs

Rev. Dr. John C. Wille
District President – LCMS South Wisconsin District

Advisories

Rev. Dwayne M. Lueck
District President – LCMS North Wisconsin District

Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier
District President – LCMS Michigan District

Mr. Mark F. Polzin
President and CEO (Retired) – Moreland Management Co., Ohio

Concordia University

Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D.
President

Mr. Allen J. Prochnow
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Gretchen M. Jameson
Senior Vice President, Strategy & University Affairs

Foundation Board

The Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation Board provides counsel on all matters related to University Advancement. This robust slate of regional leadership is an invaluable support to the University in its local, state, and regional philanthropy.

Co-chair
Mr. Mark F. Polzin
President and CEO (Retired) – Moreland Management Co., Ohio

Co-chair
Ms. Christine A. Specht-Palmert
President and CEO, Cousins Subs

President
Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D.
Concordia University President

Executive Secretary, Treasurer
Mr. Allen J. Prochnow
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Concordia University

Rev. Dr. Roy R. Peterson
Vice President of Advancement – Concordia University
Board Development Committee Chair

Mr. Jon R. Schumacher
Financial Industry Consultant, Executive Vice President (Retired) – Bank One Wisconsin

Members

Mr. Frederick M. Anderson
President and CEO – Wenthe-Davidson Engineering

Mr. Ted Balistreri
President – Sendik’s Food Market

Mr. Theodore W. Batterman
President and CEO (Retired) – Spacesaver Corporation

Mr. Matthew Burow
President – Catalyst Construction

Mr. Terry M. Donovan
Vice President (Retired) – E-Ventures (UPS)

Ms. Laurie Fallucca
Chief Creative Officer – Palermos Pizza

Mr. William G. Feld
President – D&G Transportation, Inc.

Ms. Judith Fischer Wollack
CEO – Wolverine Human Services

Ms. Kristin E. Gies
Executive Director – Mequon Nature Preserve

Mr. James Kacmarcik
President – Kapco, Inc.

Mr. Bruce E. Leep
Chairman (Retired) – First Financial Bancorp, Cincinnati

Ms. Nancy K. Lewander
Senior Communication Consultant – Northwestern Mutual

Mr. Chezare Misko
COO/Partner – Wisconsin Athletic Club, LLC

Mr. C. Alan Peppers
President and CEO (Retired) – Westerra Credit Union

Mr. Bryan Seider
Owner – Seider Heating, Plumbing & Electrical

Mr. Randol R. Spaulding
CEO and Founder – Spaulding Clinical Research

Mr. John J. Stollenwerk
President and CEO (Retired) – Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corp.

Mr. Rich E. Twietmeyer
Executive Vice President of Sales – M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Richard C. Vie
Chairman Emeritus – Kemper Corp.

Mr. Fred Watkins
CEO – National Telephone Supply

Mr. Michael H. White
Chairman (Retired) – Rite-Hite Holding Corp.

Concordia Representatives

Ms. Gretchen M. Jameson
Senior Vice President, Strategy & University Affairs

Mr. Dean D. Rennicke
Vice President of the Foundation