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.


Lutheran education champion Joel Bahr (’10) is in the spotlight. The assistant principal at Milwaukee Lutheran High School* describes himself as a cheerleader for CUW’s mission—a mission he easily recites by heart and extends to the students with whom he interacts.

Bahr’s enthusiasm for Concordia is a family tradition. His grandfather started a trilogy of Bahrs, Concordia, and Lutheran education that extends through three generations and includes a menagerie of aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws who attended a Concordia and teach in Lutheran schools. Bahr and his wife, Jade (’10), a math teacher at MLHS, look forward to the day when their own future Concordians carry on the legacy to follow his work.

*Bahr recently accepted a call from Lutheran West in Rocky River, Ohio. He and his family are relocating in July 2021.

The spring/summer 2021 Hearts Together magazine hit mailboxes in early April. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email Jennifer.Hackmann@cuaa.edu.

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

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