The Board of Regents voted on Feb. 29 to approve the following letter drafted by Chairperson Rev. John Berg to be shared with the entirety of the CUWAA community.

February 29, 2024

Dear members of the Concordia community,

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

In an effort to be faithful to our fiduciary responsibilities to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and to the University it was necessary for us to share some difficult financial news to the University community these past few weeks.  We acknowledge that the message that was communicated with the University community caused anxiety, frustration and hurt. This result was not our intention and for that we ask for your forgiveness.

We rejoice in Jesus’ grace and mercy for all of us by His death on the cross and glorious resurrection from the dead! We are confident that He will guide and direct us as we together find a path forward in the days ahead.  We are certain that He will give us all the faith to follow Him and support us with His loving hand. 

We thank God for all of our faculty, staff, students and their parents at both of our campuses.  For many decades we have had the support of faculty, staff, synod and district officials, the Concordia University System, and donors.  Our graduates have been beacons of Christ’s love and mercy both in the church and the world. Thanks be to God!

We are grateful for all of you who have reached out to the Board of Regents these past few weeks with your concerns, encouragement, suggestions and prayers. It is our commitment to you that we will find a God-pleasing path forward which will continue to provide the excellent Christ-centered education that is expected of this University, and which is also faithful to our mission and fiduciary responsibilities.  

It is our prayer that we may once again live in Concordia with one another!  Christ alone will accomplish this in us.  The psalmist teaches us that “it is good and pleasant when brothers and sisters dwell in unity with one another” (Psalm 133:1).  

In Christ,

On behalf of the Board of Regents:

Rev. John Berg

Chairman, Board of Regents

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We know that this news elicits strong reactions, and we fully recognize the anxiety and fear that may come from these conversations. Many have expressed a desire to contact leaders and Concordia’s Board of Regents. In order to help our leaders receive your feedback in an efficient manner, we ask that you utilize the form linked below.

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