Dear Concordia Faculty, Staff, and Students, 

I am pleased to share an update on the presidential search. Tremendous progress has been made this spring toward the official launch of the search for the 12th president of Concordia College. Our search partners from Academic Search engaged the full Concordia community in a series of meetings and an online feedback survey to gather valuable input and insight to help inform the search. Working collaboratively with the Search Committee, they developed a presidential search prospectus to provide an overview of Concordia College, outline key priorities and institutional needs, and describe the desired characteristics for the next president. We are grateful to the more than 750 members of the greater Concordia community who provided input and suggestions that have helped us prepare to launch the search. 

The search is now live and the prospectus is available on Concordia’s presidential search webpage. Beginning next week, the position will be posted in a number of venues including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Education, Inside Higher Ed, and others. The search consultants also will be contacting potential candidates through their broad networks and encouraging them to apply.

The coming months will be a critical time for recruitment of prospects into the candidate pool. While the recruitment of candidates is the responsibility of our search partners at Academic Search, the success of our search will depend on the involvement, support, and interest of the entire Concordia community. Therefore, you are invited and encouraged to confidentially nominate possible candidates by sending their name and contact information directly to

The Search Committee will begin the process of reviewing all applications in September. We are excited about this work and have confidence the search will bring us an accomplished, creative, and charismatic leader who will set an ambitious course for the future of Concordia College. 

I will provide periodic updates as the search progresses. In the meantime, I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer! 

Gary Henderson 
Chair, Presidential Search Committee