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Leadership educator, linguistics expert to give CUC commencement addresses


President of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America Dr. William E. Hamm and Concordia University Chicago Professor of Leadership Dr. Anthony Przeklasa will address graduates at Concordia University Chicago’s Spring Commencement ceremony May 19. 

Hamm, will address the Undergraduate Commencement. He was former president of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education in Washington, D.C., which developed collaborative programs for state associations representing 650 private colleges and universities.

He has also has also served as a Lutheran college president, mostly recently as interim president of his alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Beginning in 1986, he served for 13 years as president of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. In addition, Hamm was selected as Iowa’s “Global Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his work in international education, especially a program at Waldorf College that educated 80 Lutheran students from developing countries.

Przeklaska, who will address the Graduate Commencement, serves as professor in Concordia-Chicago’s Department of Leadership. He holds extensive teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels. He has also served as a superintendent of schools in five Illinois school districts.  .

He is also an active volunteer of the American Cancer Society, where he served as immediate past chair of the DuPage County Region. Przeklaska has served the past six years as a peer reviewer for the Behavioral, Psychosocial and Cancer Disparities Research Grants Committee.

Held in Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium, Undergraduate Commencement will be at 10:30 a.m. and Graduate Commencement will be at 3 p.m. More than 478 students will participate in the ceremony, from among 528 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students who completed their degrees in May at Concordia-Chicago.

Taking part in conferring degrees to the graduates will be Concordia University Chicago President John F. Johnson, PhD; Marilyn Reineck, PhD, senior vice president for academics; Gary E. Wenzel, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Kevin Brandon, EdD, dean of the College of Education; George Vukotich, PhD, dean of the College of Business; and Tom Jandris, PhD, dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Campus Pastor Jeffrey Leininger, PhD, will serve as chaplain.

About Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.

Concordia University Chicago was named as the second fastest growing campus among private nonprofit master’s institutions nationally by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Almanac Edition. For the third consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at




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