Interim President Dovre's Papers and Speeches Compiled for New Book
May 20, 2011FOR MORE INFORMATION:
TRACEY MOORHEAD, Senior Associate to the President
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
INTERIM PRESIDENT PAUL DOVRE’S PAPERS AND SPEECHES
COMPILED FOR NEW BOOK
Dr. Paul J. Dovre’s latest book, “The Cross and the Academy,” is now available. The book is a compilation of his occasional papers and speeches on the subject of church-related higher education. Dovre’s reflections begin with his 1975 presidential inaugural speech at Concordia and continue with excerpts of his research and observances during the next several decades.
“Dovre is highly regarded as the senior statesman of Lutheran higher education,” says Dr. Ernest Simmons, professor of religion and director of the Dovre Center for Faith and Learning. “His wealth of experience and knowledge is frequently consulted by current deans, provosts and presidents.”
Dovre has more than 50 years of experience in Lutheran higher education, much of it at Concordia, as a student, faculty member, senior administrator and president. The 1958 Concordia graduate served as Concordia’s president from 1975 to 1999, and as the college’s interim president in 2003-04 and 2010-11. After serving Concordia, he continued his research and study on the subject of religious colleges as a visiting scholar at Harvard, interim dean of students at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., and interim president at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dovre says that over the years, many colleges and universities shifted away from their religious identity and affiliation. However, Dovre is heartened by a renaissance in religious identity that has occurred among many religious colleges and universities in the past decade. Dovre says, “my hope and expectation is that Concordia will sustain that renewed awareness and vitality.”
Dovre’s book is the first to be published through Concordia’s Dovre Center for Faith and Learning. It can be purchased through University Lutheran Press and at the Cobber Bookstore on the Concordia College campus.