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Concordia College celebrates the Inauguration of President Colin Irvine Sunday, Oct. 15

Candace Harmon/Media Relations

Concordia College celebrates the Inauguration of President Colin Irvine Sunday, Oct. 15

Ceremony will wrap up Homecoming festivities

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The public is invited to join Concordia College in the momentous occasion of inaugurating its 12th president, Dr. Colin Irvine, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony marks the beginning of a new era of leadership and innovation for the college.

Distinguished guests, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community will gather to witness the formal investiture of President Irvine, who brings a wealth of experience and a visionary approach to higher education.

The inauguration ceremony will feature keynote addresses, worship service readings, and performances by the college’s talented band and choir students.

The installation will be performed by Mary Ranum, chair of Concordia College’s Board of Regents; the Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth, bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA; and the Rev. William Tesch, bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA and member of the Concordia College’s Board of Regents.

Leading up to the ceremony, there will be three panel discussions on the rich history and future of the college.

  • Stories of Significance: Rediscovering our Past, 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9
  • Horizons of Today: Voice of Innovation, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10
  • Voyage to Tomorrow: Embracing the Future, 3-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13

All panel discussions will be held in Barry Auditorium inside the Grant Center on campus. 

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About Colin Irvine

Irvine became president of Concordia College in July. He previously served as provost and executive vice president at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. A first-generation college student, Irvine received a doctorate in English from Marquette University, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in English from Carroll College in Helena, Mont. He is the recipient of three Fulbright awards. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Cal and Caroline.

About Concordia College

Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering more than 120 areas of study, including 17 honors majors and 13 preprofessional programs, in 20 academic departments.