Rev. Tom Ries of Burnsville, Minn., has accepted the call to the Concordia presidency. He will assume the role from the retiring Rev. Dr. Robert Holst on June 1.
"I am very pleased and honored to be called to serve as the ninth president of Concordia University," Rev. Ries said. "I have a long-standing passion for the mission of preparing students for thoughtful and informed living, dedicated service to God and humanity, and the enlightened care of God's creation. I look forward to helping shape Concordia's vision for the best way to live out our mission in the years to come. I am eager to help engage and inspire many others to join us in pursuing this vision."
Brad Hewitt, Chair of Concordia's Board of Regents said Rev. Ries brings with him a wealth of experience in administration, financial management and fundraising within the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod that will allow him to build on the significant enrollment and campus growth Concordia has seen during President Holst's 20-year tenure. "Rev. Ries has a long-standing relationship with Concordia and a strong affinity for the institution that gives him a unique perspective and ability to lead the University in this new era," Hewitt said.
Rev. Ries' Experience and Education
As seven-year president of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Foundation, Rev. Ries has significantly increased the Foundation's gifts and investments, growing its net assets by nearly 200 percent. Prior to his time at the Foundation, Rev. Ries served as Vice President for Finance and Operations at Concordia University, St. Paul, during which time net assets grew by 50 percent. Rev. Ries also served as a Pastor for 12 years, in an auditing company for four years, and as Assistant to the President and Vice President for College Relations at Concordia University, St. Paul for three years.
Ries is a doctoral degree candidate in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Minnesota from where he currently holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and a Bachelor's degree from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind.