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Concordia University Chicago President Rev. Dr. Daniel Gard announces retirement


Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee Gard, Rear Admiral USN (Retired), President of Concordia University Chicago, has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Dr. Dominic Salvino, chairman of the University’s Board of Regents, stated that “the Board voted at its September 29 meeting to renew President Gard’s contract and requested that he continue his service to the University. We regret that he will be leaving, but we pray for God’s blessings to President Gard, his wife Annette and his family in retirement, as we give thanks for all that God has accomplished through him during his time at Concordia-Chicago.”

In his message to the board, Rev. Dr. Gard stated, “‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV).

“I told the Board during our meeting that serving at Concordia University Chicago has been the greatest honor of my life. I truly love this school and the mission it has been given by our Synod.  The Office of President must always be in service to the best interests of the University.

“I am humbled that the Board chose to offer a five-year extension of my current contract,” Gard said. “Over the last days, and indeed for months prior, I have prayerfully considered what that extension might mean for the good of Concordia-Chicago and for my family. God has blessed this University in so many ways in the past and the present. He will continue to do so into the future.

“It is with sadness that I submit to you my decision to retire at the end of my current contract.  But it also with joy in that Concordia-Chicago will move into a future that belongs to our Lord.”

Dr. Salvino, on behalf of the Board of Regents, noted the milestones the University has achieved under President Gard’s leadership in just four years. These include the design, construction and occupancy of Concordia Hall, a state-of-the-art facility that is the first new residence hall constructed on campus in the last half century; the major renovations of Trusheim and Mary-Martha residence halls; and the creation and dedication of the Kreft Center for Student Success, a complete renovation of a century-old space that now serves as a 21st century hub for key student services.

“All of this flows from President Gard’s vision of putting students first–witnessed by his daily personal engagement around campus–and by God’s grace, it has resulted in record enrollment now exceeding 6,000 students, an increase of approximately 20 percent during his tenure,” Salvino noted.

Rev. Roger B. Gallup ’79, M.A. ’88, Board Vice Chairman, added that “President Gard has been instrumental in making Concordia-Chicago a leader among Concordia University System schools in Lutheran identity, as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the mission field that God brings to us in our students from across the nation and around the world. Concordia-Chicago’s impact on the world will only continue to grow.”

The University will work with representatives from the Concordia University System and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod to conduct a nationwide search for a successor.