Dr. Kurt Krueger of Irvine, Calif., has accepted a call from the Synod’s Board for University Education to serve as its executive director and as president of the Concordia University System. He plans to assume his new role no later than Nov. 1.
Krueger, 57, has served for the past eight years as provost and chief academic officer at Concordia University, Irvine. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., he holds a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., and a master’s in English from Marquette University, Milwaukee.
Krueger joined the Irvine faculty in 1986 as assistant professor of English and served as dean of the university’s School of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 1997. He also has taught at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and at Lutheran High School in Portland.
Krueger will succeed Dr. William F. Meyer, who has served as executive director of the Synod’s Board for Higher Education and president of the Concordia University System (CUS) since 1992, when the nationwide system of LCMS colleges and universities was organized. Under Meyer’s leadership, CUS enrollment increased from 10,000 in 1992 to more than 17,000 in fall 2004. Meyer has served the Synod in teaching and administrative positions for more than 38 years.
“The Board for University Education appreciates the dedicated service of Dr. Bill Meyer for his 13 years of leadership of the Concordia University System,” said board Chairman Elmer Gooding. Meyer, with assistance from the Board for Higher Education and the university presidents, organized the system following LCMS convention action in 1992 and developed the CUS “as we know it today,” said Gooding.
“Bill has provided the leadership to build this strong system of Lutheran higher education, and we are confident that Dr. Krueger will continue to build upon that foundation,” he said.
Gooding cited Krueger’s “extensive professional experience in leadership positions in education” and his reputation as “an articulate advocate for LCMS higher education.” Krueger also brings to the post “a warm personality, a strong faith, and a commitment to service in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.”
Krueger said he has “the greatest respect and admiration” for his CUS colleagues across the country, “who provide academic programs of exceptional quality in a Christ-centered environment to thousands of students every year and who are committed to preparing professional workers and lay leaders to serve the church in the 21st century.” He said he hopes that “in the near future many more students will be able to experience and benefit from a Christ-centered Concordia education.”
Posted July 28, 2005