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Dr. Daniel Gard of Fort Wayne elected President of Concordia University in Chicago

The following statement was issued Friday by Concordia Theological Seminary:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Today, Friday, May 30, the Board of Regents of Concordia University, Chicago unanimously elected the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard to be the eleventh president of the university. Dr. Gard currently serves as professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and as Rear Admiral in the United States Navy Reserve.

The seminary community congratulates Concordia University on choosing a leader whose breadth and depth of experience will serve the university well. Dr. Gard has proclaimed the Gospel and given a clear Christian witness in churches, the classroom and in the multicultural environment of today’s military. He has distinguished himself in each setting by his ability to work with people from all backgrounds.

“As an alumnus of Concordia University, Chicago, I am thrilled for my alma mater,” said CTS President, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr. “Should Dr. Gard accept this call, we know that he would bring the same degree of professionalism and passion to his work there as he has at CTS."

Dr. Gard’s strong leadership enabled him to advance to the U.S. Navy Reserve's highest rank where he has shown visionary guidance in helping to redefine the chaplaincy as the military transitions away from a wartime footing. He has served the seminary and the nation faithfully and with excellence.

We invite all to join us in prayer for Dr. Gard and his family as he deliberates this call.

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