Faculty & Staff SpotlightThomas Ries

Rev. Dr. Thomas Ries

Concordia University President
Professor of Business

Rev. Dr. Tom Ries is a graduate of Concordia Senior College and 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 has overseen operational and financial matters for Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod entities.

Dr. Ries became Concordia University, St. Paul’s ninth president on June 1, 2011. He and his wife, Susie, have three grown children, one son-in-law, one grandchild, and two granddogs.


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