Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Kelly Meyerhofer shares the announcement of Concordia’s new president.

A college administrator with nearly 15 years of experience in leadership positions at Lutheran higher education institutions will take the reins of Concordia University Wisconsin next year.

The university Board of Regents unanimously named Erik Ankerberg as its next president, capping an end to a search that began more than a year ago. His term begins Jan. 9, the school announced Monday.

Ankerberg, 52, brings an extensive background with the private Lutheran university system. He currently serves as provost of Concordia University Chicago and briefly led the institution on an interim basis in summer 2019. He has also served as provost of Concordia University Texas and assistant provost at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Concordia University Wisconsin is the largest university affiliate of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in the country, the school said. It merged with its Ann Arbor sister campus in 2013. The Mequon campus has about 2,200 undergraduates and 2,300 graduate students.

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