Concordia Experience

Speakers and Honorees

Spring Commencement Speakers

Undergraduate Commencement: Dr. Jan M. Westrick ’77, Professor of EducationJan Westrick Valparaiso University, IN

Dr. Jan (née Schalk) Westrick has had a long career in Lutheran education leadership. She taught for many years at the Hong Kong International School, where she became deputy head of the school. Her interest in international education has led to her work with UNICEF and UNESCO on projects for Thailand, Macedonia and Africa. Currently Westrick is Chair and Associate Professor of Education at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. A 1977 Concordia-Chicago alumna, Westrick earned her Ed.D. at the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy and Administration.

Westrick has led many workshops on international education, accreditation, the school as a learning organization, principals as leaders of learning, professional development, intercultural sensitivity and service-learning. She has trained secondary principals in Oman through the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. She teaches classes in methods of teaching foreign languages, teacher research, dimensions of culture and the senior seminar.

Graduate Commencement: Lindsay Hansen Anderson, J.D.Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Hansen Anderson is an attorney with McGuire Woods Consulting, LLP, of Chicago and Springfield, IL. Currently Anderson is chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, which, among other functions, has policy and planning responsibilities for all colleges and universities in the State of Illinois. Before joining McGuire, Anderson served over four years as senior advisor and legislative director in the Office of Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois.

Prior to that, she worked for Speaker of the Illinois House Michael J. Madigan on legislation responding to an Illinois Supreme Court decision and on various issues dealing with local government including zoning, taxes, eminent domain, transportation and pension issues. Anderson also spent the year 2005 as mayoral fellow and assistant counsel in the office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago, helping revise the municipal code and assisting in the preparation of the City budget. Anderson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005.




Spiritus Christi Award: David R. Brandt ’54David Brandt

David R. Brandt served as a teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Munster, IN for 59 years, retiring last June. During his decades of teaching, Brandt has worked with more than 100 teachers and eight principals. He has taught thousands of students, including the second generation in some families. One highlight of every school year for Brandt was planning the annual 8th graders’ three-day trip to Indianapolis. On two occasions Brandt accompanied students from the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir who were invited to sing at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. David Brandt earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia-Chicago in 1954. 




Alumnus of the Year Recipient: Rev. Kurtis D. Schultz ’75

Kurtis Schultz led the Southern District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod through the aftermath ofKurtis Schultz devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina just two years after his presidency began. He and his wife also suffered personal losses since they had just moved to the New Orleans area. He has worked tirelessly to help congregations in the area recover from this natural disaster. He was elected President of the Southern District of LCMS in 2003, a position he continues to hold. This also entails service on the Board of Regents at sister school Concordia University, Selma, AL.

Schultz served as pastor at four congregations from 1979-2003: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Ozark, AL; Christ the King Lutheran Church in Enterprise, AL; First Lutheran Church and then Emmanuel Lutheran Church, both in Birmingham, AL. Among other activities, he served as volunteer, board member and board president for Margaret Mary Hospice of Enterprise, AL from 1987-1990. Not only is he a CUC alum, Schultz was a local native, born in nearby Elmhurst, IL. He graduated from St. Paul Lutheran School and Walther Lutheran High School, both in Melrose Park, IL. Schultz followed his studies at CUC by becoming a pastor, graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 1979.