New VP for Enrollment Named and Promotion in Communications/Marketing Announced

Ben Iverson, Josh Lysne

Dr. Colin Irvine, president of the college, announced that Benjamin Iverson has accepted the role of vice president for Enrollment. Iverson comes from Sioux Falls, S.D., where he currently serves as the assistant vice provost for Global Engagement at Augustana University. He begins his work at the college Sept. 11. 

“Iverson has vast experience working in both international and domestic enrollment and is skilled at achieving objectives that improve student experiences,” Irvine said. “As an innovative leader and AVP for Global Engagement, he helped grow the international student population to a record high 12% of Augustana’s total student body in fall 2023.” 

Iverson, a native of Willmar, Minn., has a B.A. in Spanish and international studies at Augustana University and an M.A. in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute. 

“He brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the role of VP for Enrollment. Ben is a highly strategic, big-picture thinker who partners well with team members and collaborators from across the institution to work toward institutional enrollment goals,” Irvine added. “We are fortunate to have him joining our Cobber community.” 

In addition to Iverson’s appointment, the president also announced that 1996 Concordia graduate and current associate vice president for communications, Josh Lysne, has been promoted to vice president of the Communications and Marketing division.

Lysne has served as Concordia’s AVP for communications and chief marketing officer since 2015. He will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and direct all marketing and communication activities at the college. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for guiding the collaborative work of the cabinet, campus stakeholders, and others in the Concordia community.

“The VP role is a multifaceted leadership role requiring skill and sophistication in marketing and communications strategy and implementation, management and leadership of Concordia’s dedicated and talented Marketing and Communications team, and collaboration with all those who support the Concordia community and mission,” Irvine said. 

Previous to joining the Concordia community, Lysne served in leadership roles for digital strategy, project management, and business operations with some of the region’s most recognized communications and advertising firms.