Concordia University bid farewell to more than 238 years' worth of experience in the 2018-19 academic year.

Since July 1, 2018, at least four professors – one of whom notched nearly a half-century of tenure – and eight staff members have retired from the university.

In honor of these servants’ dedication to Concordia, the Strategic Communications team rounded up the names of the employees who retired with 10 or more years under their belts. The retirees, listed in descending order of longest tenure, include:


Philip Arnholt

 Professor of Life and Earth Sciences

48 years

Read here about his involvement in CUW’s Monarch project.




Rita Paulus

Advisor of Student Services (Mequon Center)

27 1/2 years






Don Korte Jr.

Professor of Life and Earth Sciences

25 years






Richard Vande Vrede

Director of IT

20 1/2 years






Mark Stenson

Director, Online Project Manager

19 1/2 years






Richard  Schnake

Associate Professor of Education

18 years






Cheryl Peterson

Professor of Physical Therapy

17 years






Barbara Dumke

Advisor of Student Success (Midtown and Kenosha Centers)

15 years






Diane Zirger

Administrative Assistant, Office of Advancement

13 1/2 years






Fay Eichelberger

Clerk, Acquisitions Coordinator

12 1/2 years





Teresa Zimmerman


12 years





Curt Gielow

Vice President, Concordia University Ann Arbor

10 years

*Helped launch the School of Pharmacy at Concordia Wisconsin and ended his service to Concordia as Vice President of the Concordia Ann Arbor campus. Read more about Curt’s retirement here.




— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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