Editor's note: This story first appeared in the spring 2021 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor Special Magazine Edition.


Brian Curry, AVP of international affairs, has stepped into the leadership role for the Concordia International Center (CIC). He succeeds Rev. Dr. David Birner, who served as a prolific missionary for The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod for 35 years before being tapped by Concordia in 2013. Birner retired from Concordia in December 2020.

While new to the post, Curry has been unknowingly training for this position since he arrived at CUW in 2018 as the MBA program director.

“David has been sharing stories, forging relationships, and imparting lessons with me for two and a half years,” said Curry. “Concordia’s impressive international program is a testament to his passion for sharing the Gospel abroad
and securing remarkable, sustaining partnerships.”

Prior to Concordia, Curry was an entrepreneur with deep international ties. He intends to infuse his solid business acumen with Birner’s people-first approach to fulfill Concordia’s mission for more global citizens who know and love Jesus, and are well prepared to serve the Church and world.

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— Lisa Liljegren is assistant vice president of strategic communications within the Office of Strategy and University Affairs.

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