Call for Nominations: Concordia, Irvine, president

Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., seeks nominations for the position of president.  The president is the chief executive officer of the university and serves as the college’s spiritual, academic, and administrative head.  The official functions of the office of the president are described in the 2007 LCMS Handbook, section

The following qualifications are required of all nominees.  They must:

  • be male and be a member of an LCMS congregation, faithful to the Scriptures as the Word of God and to the theological positions of the LCMS.
  • possess an advanced academic degree and be committed to Lutheran higher education.
  • be a mature Christian with a vibrant faith.
  • demonstrate a passion for the Great Commission and global outreach.
  • possess a powerful affinity for and commitment to the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the university.
  • possess a deep commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence.

The president of Concordia University should possess the following desired qualifications and characteristics:

  • possess a deep understanding of Lutheran theology and practice and a solid awareness of the structure and workings of the LCMS.
  • possess a deep sense of calling and vocation to the presidency of Concordia University.
  • possess a love for students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds and a passion to build strong and engaging relationships with them.
  • demonstrate a commitment to support and encourage racial, ethnic, economic, and gender diversity.
  • demonstrate decisive leadership that also values transparency, collaboration, and collegiality.
  • be a humble servant leader, able to inspire and encourage others.
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to and support of faculty as teachers and scholars.
  • understand global trends in higher education and be committed to enhancing Concordia’s academic reputation.
  • demonstrate a high level of personal academic achievement, including the completion of a terminal degree.
  • demonstrate a high level of understanding of the financial aspects of a complex organization.
  • demonstrate a successful record of either higher education administration or executive leadership, with an understanding and appreciation of the nature and goals of institutions of higher education.
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate with and lead a strong administrative team to manage a complex academic institution.
  • be a visionary leader with the ability to energize and inspire students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, regents, trustees, and external stakeholders.
  • be an effective communicator with the ability to articulate complex ideas in both written and oral forms.
  • possess a proven record of working collaboratively with a governing body.
  • possess the ability to champion the university’s advancement efforts and represent Concordia University enthusiastically and persuasively in its donor development and fundraising programs.

According to Bylaw of the 2007 LCMS Handbook, nominations may be accepted only from LCMS congregations, the Concordia University Irvine plenary faculty, the Concordia University Irvine Board of Regents, and the LCMS Board for University Education.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31.  All submissions must be sent by surface mail and must indicate the date on which the submitting body resolved to make the nomination, and include the nominee’s phone or e-mail contact information.  Send nominations and any requests for clarification to the Board of Regents’ designee, Mr. Craig Olson, Chairman, Board of Regents, Concordia University, 1530 Concordia Drive West, Irvine, CA 92612.

Posted Oct. 30, 2009

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