May 10, 2013
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., honored 10 faculty and administrative retirees for their years of dedicated service to the college at the Faculty and Administration Appreciation dinner in April.
Dr. James Coomber, professor of English, joined the faculty in 1966 and retires after 47 years. He led the annual Conference on Reading and Writing for 12 years, a summer event that drew more than 400 elementary and high school teachers to campus.
Dr. David Sandgren, professor of history, joined the faculty in 1971 and chaired the department several times during his 42 years at the college.
Dr. Gregg Muilenburg, retires after 36 years as professor philosophy. He came to Concordia in 1977 and was instrumental in crafting the documents that ultimately resulted in the college’s Goals for Liberal Learning.
Dr. James Aageson joined the faculty of the religion department in 1985 and retires after 28 years. His retirement will include accompanying the orchestra on its international tour to Israel next spring and leading a Concordia alumni trip to the cities of Paul and other early Christian sites in Greece and Turkey.
Dr. Alfhild Ingberg joined the English department in 1987 and retires after 26 years as associate professor of English.
Joanne Cohen came to Concordia in 1990 and retires from the music department after 23 years as professor of violin and viola.
Paul Evenson ’68, gift planner for the Office of Advancement, worked on behalf of the college’s outreach and advancement efforts from his home in California for the past nine years.
Sharon Hoverson, director of the Carl B. Ylvisaker library, joined the library in 1973 and became the college’s first archivist in 1985 building up the collections and expansion of the archives. She became director in 2004 and retires after 32 years with the college.
Dr. Shawn Carruth, OSB, professor of religion, is a member of the Order of St. Benedict, Crookson, Minn., and retires from the religion department after 24 years.
Dr. James Specht, associate professor of accounting in the Offutt School of Business joined the faculty in 2000 and retires after 12 years.