Concordia University, St. PaulPresidential Search

Concordia University, St. Paul Presidential Search

The search for Concordia University, St. Paul’s 10th president is underway. The presidential search committee will accept nominations for the next president of Concordia University St. Paul from October 6 to December 10, 2018.

According to the LCMS Handbook, nominations may only be accepted from LCMS congregations, the Concordia University, St. Paul faculty, the Concordia University, St. Paul Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors of the Concordia University System. Nominations must be submitted via this electronic form no later than end of day December 10, 2018. (LCMS Bylaws – Selection of a university president)

All submissions must indicate the date on which the submitting body resolved to make the nomination, and include the nominee’s contact information in this form.


Concordia's 9th President - Rev. Dr. Tom Ries

Concordia University, St. Paul President Rev. Dr. Tom Ries announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Only the ninth president in Concordia’s 125-year history, Rev. Dr. Ries has served in this role since June 1, 2011.

CSP has experienced incredible growth under President Ries, highlighted by soaring enrollment, academic program expansion, as well as a twofold increase of the University’s net assets. Rev. Dr. Ries also oversaw the highly successful tuition reset, which lowered CSP’s traditional undergraduate tuition by $10,000 in the fall of 2013, making Concordia the most affordable private school among the 17-member Minnesota Private College Council.

The positive enrollment gains Concordia has experienced the past seven years have been remarkable given current challenges in higher education market. Overall enrollment has grown by nearly 2,000 students since Fall 2011, with the overall headcount jumping from 2,800 students to a record-breaking 5,038 at the most recent student census in Fall 2018. CSP has set new overall enrollment totals for seven consecutive years.

Here’s a look at other prominent University successes under President Ries’ leadership:

  • Gained national recognition and positive media response due to successful tuition reset
  • Added a number of emerging and high-demand programs, most notably Doctorate of Education, Computer Science, Nursing, and Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Major renovations of the Winget Student Life Center, Buetow Music Center Auditorium and Thompson Hall to better student experience
  • Completion of the 13,000-square-foot Athletic Performance Center
  • Expansion of campus footprint to the Central Midway Building (Alumni Relations/Advancement, DPT program, Nursing program, graduate offices)
  • Overall net assets have doubled from $56.5 million to $108 million
  • Awarded HLC full accreditation
  • Wage increases for faculty/staff for seven consecutive years
  • Guided completion of CSP’s Vision 2024 (strategic plan for fiscal years 2019-2024)


Search Timeline

  • September – October 2018
    • Assessment and input for search committee
    • Synod wide communication process
  • Open period for nominations: mid-October 2018 to December 10, 2018
  • Candidate screening/review:
    • mid-December 2018 – February 2019 Board meeting
  • Finalist Interviews: late February 2019 to mid-April 2019
  • Selection: May 2019 CSP Board meeting

Search Updates

In the coming months, please refer to this website for the latest news and updates regarding the Concordia University, St. Paul presidential search process.

Presidential Search Committee:

Board of Regents

  • Mr. Jim Giertz – Chair
  • Mrs. Jocelyn Benson
  • Dr. David Bell
  • Mrs. Sandy Frauenshuh


  • Dr. Sue Starks – Assoc. Prof. Child and Family Ed
  • Dr. Matthew Buns – Assoc. Prof Exercise Science
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Koschmann -Asst. Prof Theology and Ministry and Hoffmann Mentoring Initiatives Director


  • Mrs. Leah Martin – Director, Undergraduate Admissions


Please email presidentsearch@csp.edu if you have any questions about the search process.

University Fast Facts

  • Total Students: 5,038
    • Undergraduate: 1,586
    • Adult Undergraduate/Online: 1,508
    • Graduate:1,944
  • Undergraduate Programs: 50+
  • Graduate Programs: 25
  • Undergraduate Placement Rate: 95%
  • Average Undergraduate Starting Salary: $57,736

Presidential History

  • Rev. Dr. Tom Ries (2011 – Present)
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Holst (1991 – 2011)
  • Rev. 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)