Concordia University, St. Paul President Tom Ries will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Concordia University, Wisconsin (CUW) at its commencement ceremony May 18. The award recognizes alumni who have consistently demonstrated faithful stewardship of their talents and have rendered notable service to the church and to CUW.
Prior to accepting a call to the Concordia presidency in 2011, Ries served as President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Foundation from 2004-2011 and Vice President for Finance and Operations at Concordia University, St. Paul from 1999-2004.
President Ries earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Sciences from Concordia College Milwaukee (now CUW) in 1974.
Currently a doctoral degree candidate in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Minnesota from which he holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance, President Ries also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind.