Commencement Speakers

Dean O. Wenthe (bio)

The Rev. Dean O. Wenthe was born in Effingham, Illinois.  He attended and graduated from Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1965; from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in 1967; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, in l971.  His first call was to teach Hebrew and Old Testament on the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois.  While teaching at the seminary, he earned a Th.M. degree in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975.  In 1977, he accepted a call to serve as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Atlantic, Iowa.  In 1980, he was called back to the seminary as Associate Professor of Old Testament and earned degrees (M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1991) in the Hebrew Scriptures with minors in Judaica and ethics from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as pastoral assistant at Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Indiana, from 1990 to 1996.

In 1996, Dr. Wenthe was elected president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  After serving three five-year terms during which a large library addition was built and a studio for the production of “Worship for Shut-Ins,” Dr. Wenthe retired in 2011.  In the same year, the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary bestowed the Doctor of Divinity-Honoris Causa on Dr. Wenthe.  In 2012, he was called to serve as President of the Concordia University System and continues in that office currently.  He was an associate editor of the Concordia Self-Study Bible (1986) and General Editor of the Concordia Commentary Series (1996-2016).  He also edited the volume on Jeremiah and Lamentations in the Ancient Christian Commentary, InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Dr. Wenthe married Linda Marie Arnholt on July 26, 1969.  They have been blessed with four sons and eight grandchildren.  Linda Wenthe is a registered nurse and practiced for thirty years at the Townehouse Retirement Home, adjacent to the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary.

Patrick O’Connor (bio)

Patrick O’Connor is a graduate of the Informational Technology Program here at CUW. From Sheboygan, Patrick recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife and has three adult children that are also currently attending universities in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.  He is employed with the Sheboygan Area School District as an Internet/Intranet Manager and has been with the district for over 20 years.

Previous to working in the Sheboygan School District, Patrick was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation communications and navigations systems repair technician servicing both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. He is a Gulf War veteran, participating in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was a Presidential Service Badge recipient for his service to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1).

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University. He’s enjoyed the opportunity to continue his education in the Information Technology program at Concordia University while meeting new colleagues.

Daniel Romero (bio)

Daniel Romero is a Business Management major from originally from the state of Mexico. At the age of fourteen, Daniel moved to Milwaukee with his family, where he graduated with honors from South Division High School in Milwaukee, Salutatorian of the graduating class.

After a fourteen year career with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Quality Assurance and Risk Control Analyst, Daniel is now working for Inlanta Mortgage. He serves as a Business Operations Specialist working with the company’s Chief Operations Officer to stream line the company’s processes and enhance reporting and metrics.

Daniel and his wife have two daughters. Sharing the Good News of the Gospel and volunteering at church is what he is most passionate about. Daniel has served in his church’s choir, church’s band, taught Sunday school classes, led home Bible studies and served as one of the church’s Board of Directors. During his free time, Daniel and his family enjoy traveling, shopping, playing volleyball, biking and soccer. After graduation, Daniel plans to pursue his Master's degree in Bible Theology.