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Last updated: Mon. Jun. 02, 2014 - 06:37 am EDT

Concordia Theological Seminary professor elected president of Concordia University in Chicago


The Rev. Daniel L. Gard, a professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Fort Wayne, has been elected as president of Concordia University in Chicago.

Gard, who also has risen to the rank of Rear Admiral as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, must decide if he will accept the job, a seminary news release said.

Concordia University's board of regents voted unanimously Friday to offer Gard the job as 11th president of the university, the news release said. The school is located in the western Chicago suburb of River Forest, Ill.

“As an alumnus of Concordia University, Chicago, I am thrilled for my alma mater,” seminary President the Rev. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. said in the news release. “Should Dr. Gard accept this call, we know that he would bring the same degree of professionalism and passion to his work there as he has at CTS."

Gard, who also serves as the seminary's dean of military chaplaincy programs, has taught at CTS since 1989, it said on the seminary's website,

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1975 from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., the seminary website said. He earned master's degrees in 1984 from CTS and in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a doctorate in Hebrew Bible/Judaica, with minors in New Testament and Liturgics, in 1992 from Notre Dame.

If he accepts the call to the Concordia University, Gard will fill the vacancy created when former university President John F. Johnson retired Aug. 16. The university started the search process for a new president last September.

Concordia University in Chicago was founded in 1864 by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod denomination as a college to prepare students to become teachers, it said on the university's website,

During the past academic year, the university had an enrollment of 1,604 undergraduate students and 3,682 graduate students, the university website said. Areas of study offered include arts and sciences, business and education.

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