Update: On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Dr. Colin C. Irvine was named Concordia's 12th president. His term begins July 1, 2023. Please visit the Presidential Announcement page for more information, including a news release, supporting statement, and a video greeting from Dr. Irvine.

Presidential Announcement

The search is underway to find the next president of Concordia College to succeed President William J. Craft, who announced he will retire at the end of his second presidential term on June 30, 2023.

Selecting a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Regents, and attracting a highly qualified and talented pool of candidates for the position is of utmost importance. The Board of Regents has appointed a search committee (see below) to conduct the search and engaged an executive search firm, Academic Search, to partner and assist in the process.

The search committee, with input from the Concordia community and in collaboration with our search partners from Academic Search, has developed a Presidential Search Prospectus to introduce Concordia College and the presidential opportunity to potential candidates. Applications should be submitted by October 2, 2022, for best consideration.

Nominations and inquiries about the position should be directed to concordiapresident@academicsearch.org. Updates regarding the search process will be shared with the campus community via email and posted on this website.


Presidential Search Committee:

 You can contact the search committee at president@cord.edu with questions.  

  • Shontarius Aikens, Faculty, Offutt School of Business
  • Greta Almlie, Student
  • Rachel Bergeson, Staff, Athletic Director
  • Dan Biebighauser, Faculty, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kristin Bortnem, Staff, Advancement
  • Troy Butner, Regent
  • Jeff Cadwell, National Alumni Board Chairperson
  • Gary Henderson, Regent and Search Committee Chairperson
  • Rachel Hollstadt, Former Regent
  • Mark Jordahl, Regent
  • Eh Lar, Student
  • Kristi Loberg, Faculty, Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions
  • Megan Myrdal, Alumna
  • Mary Pechauer, Regent
  • Harold Pope, Regent
  • Mary Ranum, Board of Regents Chairperson
  • Beth Renner, Regent
  • John Tunheim, Former Regent
  • John Ydstie, Regent

President Craft to Retire in June 2023

Dr. William Craft, the 11th president of Concordia College, has informed the Board of Regents and the college community that he will retire at the end of his second presidential term on June 30, 2023. With this early notice, President Craft has given the Board extended time to ensure a successful search for Concordia’s next president and for all at Concordia to prepare for an effective transition.

About Concordia

Concordia College, located in Moorhead, Minn., is a liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offering more than 120 areas of study within three schools in addition to graduate and continuing studies programs.