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Tom Ries named new Concordia president

Concordia University, St. Paul, has named the Rev. Tom Ries of Burnsville, Minnesota, the ninth president in the school’s 118-year history. Ries will assume the role from the retiring 20-year president, the Rev. Dr. Robert Holst, on June 1.
“Rev. Ries brings with him a wealth of experience in administration, financial management, and fundraising within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) that will allow him to build on the significant enrollment and campus growth Concordia has seen during President Holst’s 20-year tenure,” said Brad Hewitt, chair of Concordia’s Board of Regents. “He also has a long-standing relationship with Concordia and a strong affinity for the institution that gives him a unique perspective and ability to lead the University in this new era.”
As president of the LCMS Foundation for seven years, Ries significantly increased the foundation’s gifts and investments, growing its net assets by nearly 200 percent. Prior to his tenure at the foundation, Ries served as Vice President for Finance and Operations at Concordia University, St. Paul; during that time, net assets grew by 50 percent.
Ries also served as a pastor for 12 years, in an auditing company for four years, and as assistant to the president and vice president for college relations at Concordia University, St. Paul, for three years.
“I am very pleased and honored to be called to serve as the ninth president of Concordia University,” Ries said. “I have a long-standing passion for the mission of preparing students for thoughtful and informed living, dedicated service to God and humanity, and the enlightened care of God’s creation.”

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