William Craft began serving as President of Concordia College on July 11, 2011. Prior to his election as President, he served as the Dean of Luther College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, holding a faculty appointment as Professor of English.
His scholarly work on early modern poetry and prose includes a book on Philip Sidney, and his academic leadership has focused on curriculum reform, faculty development and workload, institutional diversity, and institutional planning.
He currently serves as Chair of the Wye Seminar Advisory Council, a program of the Aspen Institute, and as a member of The Presidents' Trust, a leadership group within the Association of American Colleges & University's national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise. He was a long-time member of the American Conference of Academic Deans Executive Board and played an active role in devising and sustaining the Midwestern Alliance for Learning in the Liberal Arts, a group of seven colleges devoted to cross-institutional evaluation of student learning. He has been a frequent speaker and workshop leader at national meetings for deans, faculty, and presidents. Craft also serves on the board of Lutheran World Relief and the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation.
Craft earned his doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been a Fellow of the Newberry Library and the American Council on Education. In the summer of 2008 he completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
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President Craft was inaugurated as Concordia’s 11th president on Saturday, April 28, 2012.Inaugural Address