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Dr. Tom Ries became Concordia University, St. Paul’s ninth president on June 1, 2011.
A graduate of Concordia Senior College, Dr. Ries earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Ries began his professional career as a Pastor and shortly thereafter, as Vice President for College Relations and Assistant to the President at Concordia University, St. Paul. He then served for nearly a decade as a Pastor before moving in to foundation and higher education administration where he oversaw operational and financial matters for Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod entities.