Since the start of Dr. Ferry's presidency in 1997, not a year has gone by without a new project, new program, or new initiative launched to improve our university and expand its missional reach throughout the world.
From a major bluff restoration project to new residence halls, our campus has undergone a deep metamorphosis over the past 24 years. Keep reading to learn about some of the most notable endeavors during President Ferry’s tenure.
1997—East Wing of First Floor Luther remodeled
1999—Mail/Print Center in Stuenkel Hall built
1999—Regents Hall opened
1999—”Concordia in the City” initiative for Adult Learning Centers launched
2001—Wooden floor replaced in Field House
2001-04—Rincker Library remodeled
2002—First doctoral offering launched, the Doctor of Physical Therapy
2002—Sports & Fitness complex added to the Field House
2003—Luther Administrative entrance remodeled
2004—E-learning format piloted for select undergraduate classes
2004—Siebert Dining Hall remodeled
2004—US President George W. Bush served as commencement keynote
2005—40 acres south of Highland Road purchased from the School Sisters of Notre Dame
2005-07—Bluff stabilization project undertaken
2006—Remodel of second-level Luther offices and lower and first-level Albrecht for Student Service offices
2008—Coburg Hall dedicated
2008—Total enrollment reached 6,000
2008—Purchased President’s home and four acres at 13218 N. Lake Shore Drive. Home was razed in 2014.
2008—Fitting Field dedicated
2008—Hank Aarons delivered commencement keynote
2009—Launched first cohort of Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) students
2010—Broke ground on the School of Pharmacy
2010—President’s Courtyard re-landscaped to include water feature, pergola, and paths
2010—Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship dedicated
2011—School of Pharmacy dedicated
2011—Doctor of Pharmacy program launched
2012—Online, Continuing and Distance Education expanded to include 10 employees; operations moved off campus to Glen Oaks building
2012—Kapco Field dedicated
2012—Albrecht Hall remodeled into Student Union
2013—Concordia University Wisconsin merged with Concordia University Ann Arbor
2013—95,000 square-foot Chemnitz Hall dedicated
2014—Tennis courts built
2014—Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program launched. First entry-level OTD cohort launched January 2020 and post-professional OTD was dissolved.
2014—Total enrollment reached 8,000
2014—Concordia hired nation’s first full-time comfort dog as resource for students
2015—Veteran Services department established
2016—”Young Luther” statue dedicated
2018—Catalyst Sports Training Center dedicated
2018—Doctorate of Education of Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (EdD LICI) announced
2019—Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center dedicated
2020—Face-to-face classes temporarily moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020—Doctor of Business Administration program, Concordia’s sixth doctorate offering, announced
— Madelyne Arrigoni is a junior studying English, Mass Communications, and Photography. She plans to graduate in 2022.
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