Message to the Campus Community - July 11, 2011
To the Concordia College Community:
Good morning! Greetings to you all—students, faculty, staff, graduates, Cobber parents, and friends—on this Monday in July as I start the happy task of serving as Concordia's new president. I begin with deep gratitude for the inspired leadership of Presidents Paul Dovre and Pamela Jolicoeur, and for the devotion of all who have shaped, sustained, and loved our college from its founding forward. Concordia is a liberal arts college of deep integrity in its faith and learning mission, a college of national distinction and global reach in the learning it offers, a college well prepared to influence the affairs of the world for the common good.
As I begin, I want to say as well how thankful Anne and I are to everyone who has made us welcome at Concordia, in Moorhead, and in the greater Fargo-Moorhead community. In particular, we were lifted up this past week by so many on staff and among Concordia's students who helped us move into 709 South 8th Street. Though boxes define the décor at the moment, your reception has already made us feel at home. We look forward to inviting everyone over as we approach the coming school year.
As a liberal arts college of the church, Concordia has a mission never more compelling than it is right now. How blessed we all are to be united, hearts together, in living it.
With best regards,