Editor's note: This letter, written by University President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD, first appeared in the spring 2019 issue of the Concordian, the official magazine of Concordia University Wisconsin.

This summer marks the sixth anniversary of the merger of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA). The blessings of this outstanding collaboration are abundant and evident across our institution. While each campus maintains its own distinct personality, Concordia’s remarkable faculty, staff, and more than 7,300 students walk together in mission as we “live uncommon” lives for the good of Christ’s Gospel in the Church and throughout the world.

Today, across two residential campuses, online, and at nine extension campuses, Concordia University’s six schools of study off er 87 undergraduate majors and programs, 33 graduate/master’s degrees and programs, five doctoral/professional programs, and six associate degrees. Our graduates go forth well prepared in mind, body, and spirit to lead lives of service and impact in an array of vocations. This issue of the Concordian connects you to some of their stories.

In the “On the bluff ” section, read about one of our dedicated board leaders who has faithfully served our institution for nine years, providing remarkable leadership through some of our boldest moves, including the launch of our School of Pharmacy and the decision to merge with Ann Arbor.

Our cover story, “Bench strength,” details Concordia’s historic and uncommon approach to developing student-athletes both in and out of the game. Highlighted in the article are three remarkable students, and many dedicated coaches and leaders who help define what it means to be a Falcon.

Throughout this issue, we lift students, faculty, and alumni who use their gifts to serve Christ for the betterment not only of self but of society, as well. It is my great privilege to work alongside these men and women each and every day at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor.

To God be the glory,


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