Ries named president of Concordia – St. Paul

The Rev. Tom Ries has been named president of Concordia University in St. Paul, and is expected to start July 1.

Ries, a former VP for finance and operations at Concordia and president of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Foundation, will replace the Rev. Dr. Robert Holst, who is retiring.

Ries should make his formal acceptance of the position by April 15.

(By the way, Concordia University - St. Paul should not be confused with Concordia College in Moorhead, which has also just named a president.)

Here's the announcement from the university's Web site, and below is his resume:


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Minneapolis, Minnesota (expected completion 2011)

  • University of Minnesota, Master of Business Administration, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1988)

  • Concordia Seminary, M.Div., St. Louis, Missouri (1980)

  • Concordia Senior College, B.A. liberal arts, with distinction, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (1976)


  • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation, President; St. Louis, Missouri (2004- )

  • Concordia University, St. Paul, Vice President for Finance and Operations; St. Paul, Minnesota (1999-2004)

  • Howard Schultz and Associates, Senior Associate; Bloomington Minnesota (1995-1998)

  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Founding and Senior Pastor; Lakeville, Minnesota (1985-1994)

  • Concordia College, St. Paul, Assistant to the President and Vice President for College Relations; St. Paul, Minnesota (1982-1985)

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