Teaching Excellence

The Concordia University Wisconsin Ronald L. Berg Faculty Laureate Award is an honor bestowed by the Concordia faculty on one of its own in recognition as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. The recipient exemplifies Concordia as a way of life, is a model of Christian life, excels in teaching, engages in scholarship, and supports the community life of the campus. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient, Dr. Don W. Korte, Jr. 

 Don Korte, Jr.Dr. Don W. Korte, Jr., PhD, D.A.B.T., FCA, DCA, served as Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences for 24 years after retiring from the US Army following a career in medical research during which he received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Legion of Merit.

Dr. Korte earned a PhD degree in pharmacology from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, a Master of Science degree in biology from Murray State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of William and Mary. He completed colloquy at Concordia University Wisconsin. This past summer he earned a Diplôme in Christian Apologetics by the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Korte is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, since 1988, most recently recertifying in 2018.

Dr. Korte’s research interests were initially in the area of cardiovascular pharmacology but expanded into the field of toxicology and, more recently, into medical ethics. He has published four book chapters, almost a 100 journal articles/abstracts, and over 200 government publications/technical reports, and holds a U.S. patent on preventing cyanide intoxication. He has served as president, secretary, and councilor of the Midwest Regional Chapter and councilor of the Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues Specialty Section.

Dr. Korte’s service to Concordia University Wisconsin has not been limited to development of an exceptional undergraduate science program that has provided the foundation for all the professional health sciences programs but also includes six other noteworthy contributions. He was the driving force behind the Bluff Restoration Project to include writing the RFP for the $10 million project and providing liaison with the US Army Corp of Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crucial to the project’s success. He was an early advocate for development of the School of Pharmacy and the only faculty member to serve on the Pharmacy Task Force. He initiated and chaired both Concordia’s Institutional Review Board (20 years) and Concordia’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (15 years). In 2015 he was asked to serve as the Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Finally, he co-chaired the committee tasked with developing the new core curriculum that was implemented in 2018. In addition, Dr. Korte served on numerous faculty committees to include the Senate and Faculty Advancement as well as singing in the Chorale for 20 years and running the clock/scoreboard at football games for 20 years.

Dr. Korte is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale, where he has sung in the choir and served as elder. He is also active in the SE Wisconsin Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America, most recently serving as Chapter President. He resides in Mequon with his wife Mary, who retired from teaching at Concordia in 2018. They have one son, Don III (Trey), who lives in Sussex, Wisconsin.