Leadership and governance

As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University operates under the guidance of its Board of Regents. University governance invites representation by faculty, staff, and students as together we live the University Vision and achieve its Mission.


Concordia's Board of Regents selected Dr. Erik Ankerberg to serve as president of the university. Dr. Ankerberg’s professional resume includes nearly 15 years of experience in leadership positions at Lutheran higher education institutions, most recently as Provost for Concordia University, Chicago.

University Leadership

These administrators report to the Office of the President and oversee a broad range of University activities in support of its strategic Mission. The broader Administrative Council represents both residential campuses (Wisconsin and Ann Arbor).

Vice President of Innovation and Chief of Staff
Dr. Steven P. Taylor

Vice President of Mission, Identity and Church Relations
Rev. Dr. Aaron M. Moldenhauer

Vice President of Academics and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Leah M. Dvorak

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Danielle M. Marsh

Vice President of Enrollment and Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Michael D. Uden

Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Elizabeth A. Polzin

Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Ms. Lisa Liljegren

Executive Staff

Associate Vice President of Academics for Academic Operations
Dr. Brooke D. Johnson

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. Kimberly R. Masenthin

Assistant Vice President of Academics for the Core Curriculum
Rev. Dr. Jason D. Lane

Assistant Vice President of Academics, Ann Arbor
Dr. Erin K. Laverick

Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education
Ms. Sarah A. Pecor

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Ms. Michele M. Hoffman

Executive Assistant to the President
Ms. Lisa K. Mariani

Campus Pastor, Ann Arbor
Rev. Randall Duncan

Campus Pastor, Mequon
Rev. Jonathon J. Bakker

Dean – Batterman School of Business, Haab School of Business Ann Arbor
Dr. Matthew W. Hurtienne

Dean – School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Rachel J. Ware Carlton

Dean – School of Education
Dr. James A. Pingel, II

Dean – School of Health Professions
Dr. Linda M. Samuel

Dean – School of Nursing, Ronald and Marvel Jones School of Nursing Ann Arbor
Dr. Diane P. Ames

Dean – School of Pharmacy
Dr. Erik C. Jorvig

Board of Regents

The ʰФ & Ann Arbor Board of Regents work together effectively to set governing policies, support the President, and set the direction for the university. The priority of the Board of Regents is to ensure the university graduates are well developed in mind, body, and spirit, fulfill their vocations, and serve Christ in the Church and the world.

Rev. John M. Berg
Associate Pastor – Trinity Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, WI

Vice Chair
Rev. David C. Fleming
Senior Pastor – Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Robert A. Denkert, CPA
Owner – Mighty Fortress Accounting, LLC, Milwaukee, WI


Dr. David Andersen
President – Synoptix Software, South Jordan, UT

Rev. Jonah P. Burakowski
Senior Pastor – Our Redeemer, Delavan, WI

Mr. Terry M. Donovan
Vice President (Retired) – UPS, E-Ventures

Ms. Paula Harris
Speech Language Pathologist – Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee WI

Rev. Michael W. Henrichs
Senior Pastor – Our Savior Ev Lutheran Church, Whitefish Bay, WI

Ms. Jennifer Lynn Knox
Teacher – Martin Luther High School, Greendale WI

Mr. David Lambert
Adjunct Instructor – Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, MI

Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier
Prior District President – LCMS Michigan District, Ann Arbor, MI

Mr. David Piehler
Litigation Attorney – Piehler & Strande S.C, Wausau WI

Mr. James M. Riske, Jr.
Faculty, University Prep Science and Math High School, Detroit, MI

Dr. Stephen Saunders
Professor of Psychology – Marquette University, Milwaukee WI

Ms. Lisa Senkbeil
Financial Associate – Thrivent, Appleton WI

Mr. Jon Schumacher
Software Quality Assurance, DentaQuest, Milwaukee, WI

Mr. Scott Schweitzer
Software Quality Assurance, DentaQuest, Milwaukee, WI

Mr. Nathan Wingfield
Teacher, Trinity Lutheran School, Sheboygan, WI


Rev. Allan R. Buss
District President – LCMS Northern Illinois District, Hillside, IL

Rev. Dr. David Davis
District President – LCMS Michigan District, Ann Arbor, MI

Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy
District President – LCMS English District, Farmington, MI

Rev. Dwayne M. Lueck
District President – LCMS North Wisconsin District, Wausau, WI

Ms. Christine A. Specht-Palmert
President and CEO – Cousins Subs, Menomonee Falls, WI

Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch
District President – LCMS Indiana District, Fort Wayne, IN

Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Wilson
District President – LCMS Ohio District, Olmsted Falls, OH

Concordia Representatives

Dr. Erik P. Ankerberg

Ms. Danielle M. Marsh
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Steven P. Taylor
Vice President of Innovation and Chief of Staff

Foundation Board

The ʰФ Foundation Board provides counsel on all matters related to University Advancement. This robust slate of regional leadership is an invaluable support to the University in its local, state, and regional philanthropy.

Ms. Christine A. Specht-Palmert
CEO – Cousins Subsmarines Inc

Vice Chair
Mr. Terry Rowinski
President and CEO – Health Payment Systems

Foundation President

Executive Secretary, Treasurer
Mrs. Danielle Marsh
CFO – ʰФ and Ann Arbor

Membership Committee Chair
Mr. Jon R. Schumacher
Financial Industry Consultant, Executive Vice President (Retired) – Bank One Wisconsin

Investment Committee Chair
Mrs. Heather Dunn
Senior VP and CFO – West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

CUAA Advancement Committee Chair
Ms. Judith Fischer
CEO – Wolverine Human Services


Ms. Kris Best

Mr. Jon Bruss
Managing Principal and CEO – Fortress Partners Capital Management, LLT

Mr. Matthew Burow
President – Catalyst Construction

Ms. Celeste Cuffie
CEO – Life Empowered Consulting Services

Mr. Terry M. Donovan
Vice President (Retired) – UPS, E-Ventures

Mr. Patrick Horne
Financial Advisor – Northwestern Mutual

Mr. Craig Kasten
CEO and Managing Partner – Skygen USA

Mr. Chezare Misko
COO/Partner – Wisconsin Athletic Club, LLC

Mrs. Kim Nelson
Franchisee/Owner-Operator – Culver's Frozen Custard

Ms. Harriet Pedersen
President/CEO (Retired) – Commerce Industrial Chemicals

Mr. Paul Rosenberg
Founder and Senior Consultant – Performance Elevator Consulting, LLC

Mr. Jim Saalfeld
CEO – Church Extension Fund of the Michigan District, LCMS

Mr. Bryan Seider
Owner – Seider Heating, Plumbing & Electrical

Mr. Timothy Sheldon
President (retired) – Marriott, Caribbean and Latin America

Mr. Tyler Nehls
Owner – Liftpro, LLC

Mr. John J. Stollenwerk
President and CEO (Retired) – Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corp.

Mr. Matt Sullivan
Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis – Northwestern Mutual

Mr. Rich E. Twietmeyer
Executive Vice President of Sales – M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Mr. Gino Villani
President, Founder, CEO – Villani Landshapers

Mr. Fred Watkins
CEO – National Telephone Supply

Director Primarius

Mr. Robert E. Schjerven
CEO (Retired) – Lennox International, Inc.

Mr. Mike White
Chairman (Retired) – Rite-Hite Holding Company

Concordia Representatives

Dr. Erik P. Ankerberg

Dr. Steven P. Taylor
Vice President of Innovation and Chief of Staff

Mr. Dean Rennicke
Vice President of the Foundation

Ms. Jennifer Benanti
Vice President of Advancement

Ms. Michelle Buss
Director of Advancement Operations