Dr. Pamela M. Jolicoeur
Jolicoeur’s tenure included completing the largest capital campaign in Concordia’s history. She launched the Offutt School of Business and enhanced Concordia’s leadership in global education.More about Dr. Pamela M. Jolicoeur
Rev. Thomas W. Thomsen
Thomsen’s term as Concordia’s president was marked by a strategic planning process that engaged nearly 200 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.
Dr. Paul J. Dovre
A 1958 Concordia graduate, Dovre’s tenure was marked by highly successful fundraising campaigns, close linkage with the Lutheran church, and major expansion of the physical plant.
Rev. Joseph Knutson
“Prexy Joe” Knutson presided over an era of sustained growth for the college. Wherever he went he created enthusiasm for the college and a sense of expectation for better things to come.
Rev. John N. Brown
In the early years of Brown’s presidency, the college earned accreditation. The 1930s were days of economic disaster, and the fact the college survived is testament of Brown’s determination.
Rev. Johan A. Aasgaard
Aasgaard continued the college’s linkage with Norway and the region’s interest in Norwegian culture. His successful efforts at debt reduction enabled the creation of a four-year curriculum.
Rev. Henry O. Shurson
Shurson, a religion professor, agreed to serve as president for two years. During his tenure, the first student publication appeared and the Concordia band was formed and went on its first tour.
Rev. Rasmus Bogstad
Bogstad raised critically needed funds and actively recruited promising faculty and students. His emphasis on combining the liberal arts and practical training continues to characterize Concordia.
Aaker was a strong advocate of “practical” courses that students could put to immediate use. After facing opposition from Norwegian church leaders, he resigned and founded Aaker’s Business College.
Grose launched Concordia and presided over its enthusiastic reception in the region. He opened Concordia in fall 1891 with three professors and 12 students. More than 200 students arrived by January.