Concordia University, St. Paul PresidentDr. Tom Ries

President Dr. Tom Ries

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.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2014)
  • MBA, University of Minnesota (1988)
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1980)
  • B.A., Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN (1976)

Concordia Presidential History

  • Rev. Dr. Tom Ries (2011 – Present)
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Holst (1991 – 2011)
  • Dr. John Johnson (1989 – 1991)
  • Rev. Alan Harre (1984 – 1989)
  • Rev. Gerhardt Hyatt (1976 – 1984)
  • Rev. Harvey Stoegemoeller (1971 – 1976)
  • Rev. William Poehler (1946 – 1970)
  • Rev. Martin Graebner (1927 – 1946)
  • Rev. Theodore Buenger (1893 – 1927)