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Concordia University Irvine names Kurt Krueger president-elect

Move ends a nine-month search for the fourth leader of the institution.

By Kristen SchottPublished: May 05, 2010 03:05 PM

Dr. Kurt Krueger has been named president-elect of Concordia University Irvine, ending a nine-month search to replace the Rev. Dr. Jack A.O. Preus. Krueger will serve as the fourth president in the institution's 34-year history.

Krueger (right) formally accepted the position on Wednesday. He will take office in July and be formally installed in the fall.

"I love the university,” he says. “I see good days ahead for Concordia University Irvine.”

Krueger currently serves as president of the Concordia University System and executive director for the Board for University Education of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Past positions at Concordia's local campus include provost, dean of the school of arts and sciences, and professor of English.

“The fact that he has a long history at Concordia makes him stand out,” says the Rev. Dr. Larry Stoterau, president of the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and a member of the electoral committee. “He brings a lot of experience back to the school.”

In his new role, Krueger plans to take on a number of initiatives, including lowering the discount rate of tuition; paying down the school's debt; building up the endowment; and adding new programs.

"Concordia offers a quality education," he says. "We need to determine how to attract new students who can benefit from the exemplary education we provide here."

Krueger earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Valparaiso University; a Master of Arts in Teaching in English Studies from Lewis and Clark College; a Master of Arts in English from Marquette University; and his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Lutheran Education Conference of North America Board of Directors and is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, among others.

Krueger lives with his wife Val in St. Louis, Miss. Their two grown children live in California.

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