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The Board of Regents of Concordia University-Portland in Portland, Oregon invites nominations and applications as they begin the search for the University’s 5th President.

Concordia is widely known for academic excellence and strong personal relationships, while focused on the core themes of servant leadership, rigor, and Lutheran values. Concordia’s vision includes the on-going commitment to the community as a premier, private, Christian, nonprofit university of quality and distinction that engages all students and produces alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, fields of study, and resulting careers. From its founding in 1905 through its Vision 2024, which focuses on students becoming change-agents in their communities, Concordia resolutely embraces and lives out its commitment to serve the Church deliberately. This commitment is expressed, in part, through Concordia’s active membership in the Concordia University System (CUS) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and partnership with local, district, and national agencies of the LCMS.

The Presidency at Concordia University–Portland offers a remarkable opportunity for a mission-focused, Christ-centered and visionary educational leader. In this time of significant challenge for all private, Christian colleges and universities, Concordia faces the future from an enviable position of strength. The University has benefitted greatly from three decades of steady leadership under President Charles Schlimpert, and is now in a dynamic period of growth that is marked by innovative academic programming and strategic community and corporate partnerships.

The next president of Concordia University‒Portland will be an active member in good standing of a congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, should have a deep understanding of and full commitment to the mission, vision, and traditions of Concordia, and will model leadership reflective of its Lutheran heritage. This individual should also be an accomplished professional with a significant and proven record of achievement and service. An earned doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree is strongly preferred.

For additional information, please visit the presidential search website:

Nominations and Applications

Candidates will be asked to submit electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF: (1) a letter of interest that directly addresses Concordia’s mission statement and the leadership opportunities outlined in the profile (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. For best consideration, materials should be received on or before November 30, 2018.

If you know an individual who is ready and qualified for this challenging opportunity, please share this information with him or her. If you have any personal interest in exploring this position or learning more about it, we would be delighted to speak with you in confidence.

You are welcome to send the names of possible candidates to the e-mail address below and we will contact prospective candidates directly.

Dr. Gloria Edwards, President Emeritus, International Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Chair, Presidential Search, Member, Board of Directors, Concordia University Foundation, Concordia University – Portland,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

This search is being assisted by:

Loren J. Anderson, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant, (253) 223-3566,


Laird Desmond, Executive Search Consultant, (253) 566-6830,

Concordia University does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis or race, color, national or ethnic origin, familial status, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or age. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the university and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.