In the fall of 2021, the Concordia Free Enterprise Center (CFEC) officially opened under the leadership of M. Scott Niederjohn, PhD.

Housed in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center building, the CFEC exists at the confluence of economics, politics, and philosophy and is a place where students, faculty, and staff can come together, explore ideas, and practice civil discourse.

Niederjohn, a nationally respected scholar, teacher, author, and speaker, hosted a full slate of events, speakers, and opportunities during his first year at the helm.

“By focusing on economics and free enterprise, we are promoting the very principles necessary for prosperity and human flourishing,” explained Niederjohn. “These principles are consistent with Concordia’s mission as a Christ-centered institution that is dedicated to helping students use their unique gifts to reach their full potential.”

The CFEC draws upon four distinct pillars of work: • Research: Peer-reviewed contributions to scholarly journals, curriculum development, and attendance at local, national, and international academic conferences.

  • Education: Seminar-based opportunities for students to learn about capitalism and classical economics through engagement with the great thinkers in the history of liberty and free society.
  • Application: Real-world application to give students and alumni access to investors and venture capital, and the opportunity to practice their business.
  • Public Policy: Free-market speaker series for the benefit of CUW faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider Wisconsin community.

Many of CFEC’s events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the spring 2022 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor Special Magazine edition. The fall/winter issue hit mailboxes in early October. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email

— 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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