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Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 : 5:59 p.m.

Wisconsin school to take over Concordia University in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Concordia University Wisconsin will take over management of Concordia University in Ann Arbor under an agreement approved May 18, the Ann Arbor school announced on its website.

Concordia will continue to operate on its campus in Ann Arbor, but the CUW Board of Regents will govern both universities. CUW President Patrick T. Ferry will also serve as President of Concordia in Ann Arbor.

The two Universities entered into a strategic relationship last year, which allowed CUW to offer initial financial and academic guidance so CUAA could strength its programs and overall viability, the university stated in a press release.

The merger was approved by the Concordia University Wisconsin’s (CUW) Board of Regents and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Boards of Directors. Concordia, a private, liberal arts school is affiliated with the church.

Founded in 1963 as a junior college, Concordia College Ann Arbor officially became Concordia University Ann Arbor in 2001. The 187-acre campus is located along the Huron River at Geddes and Earhart Road. The university is currently led by acting President Randall Luecke.

With 711 students, the Ann Arbor campus is one of the smallest in the Concordia University System, the Business Journal in Milwaukee reported. CUW is the largest in the system, with enrollment of 7,618, the Business Journal said.

Read the press release about the merger.


tom swift jr.

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

My understanding is that a significant portion of the teaching staff at Concordia are in danger of losing their jobs as the new "owners" bring in their own teaching staff. There is much stress among the existing staff.


Sat, May 26, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

bob: ??? ...ann arbor is a fine place to live and , administrative issues aside, the concordia campus is a lovely place. ann arbor is to much of economically troubled 'michigan' what austin is to texas..."in it but not of it" ( in a good way)

Basic Bob

Sat, May 26, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

It is unlikely they could convince many faculty to move to Michigan, even with promotions and relocation expenses.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:01 p.m.

"Concordia, a private, liberal arts school is affiliated with the Lutheran Church." In reality, there is no such thing as THE Lutheran Church. The Missouri Synod is a completely separate church from other Lutheran groups (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Wisconsin Synod). While this may seem like nit picking, there are some major differences in Lutheran churches in America, and they are separate organizations.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:27 p.m.

Billy Bob: That was meant to be a reference to the Missouri Synod church. I've altered it to just church to avoid confusion.