Concordia president retires

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By Nona Tepper

Daniel Lee Gard, a minister and retired rear admiral of the U.S. Navy, announced Oct. 3 he will retire as president of Concordia University Chicago at the end of the school year, after four years in the role. In a statement, Gard quoted the King James Bible saying, "to everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven." He said serving as president of Concordia had been the "greatest honor of his life."

The Board of Regents had previously voted to offer Gard a five-year extension of his current contract. 

Dominic Salvino, chairman of the board, noted in a statement that, under Gard's leadership, Concordia has completed construction of Concordia Hall, the first new residence hall constructed on campus in a half-century; renovated the Trusheim and Mary-Martha residence halls; and created the Kreft Center for Student Success, which serves as a hub for 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 said in a statement. 

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

Nona Tepper 

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