Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) is a private Lutheran university in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the nine-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).

The university is a coeducational institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, with 78 undergraduate majors and minors, 17 graduate programs, eight accelerated adult education programs and three doctoral/professional programs, and accelerated evening and e-learning programs. Doctoral degrees are offered in pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing practice. CUW also has 10 classroom centers providing community outreach with full adult education and post-graduate programs. CUW's School of Pharmacy is one of three pharmacy schools in Wisconsin—the others being University of Wisconsin–Madison and Medical College of Wisconsin.

The university is organized into five schools or colleges: the School of Education, the School of Business and Legal Studies, the School of Human Services, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Adult and Continuing Education.

In 2013, Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) merged with Concordia University Wisconsin. This merger was due to low enrollment and financial troubles at the Ann Arbor campus. CUW became the administration for both campuses, with Ann Arbor considered a satellite campus to the Mequon campus. By 2018, CUAA had nearly a doubling in enrollment, had successfully started a School of Nursing, built a new football stadium, and completed extensive renovations to 75% of the classroom buildings.

Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin Logo
Former names
  • Concordia College Milwaukee
  • Concordia College Wisconsin
Religious affiliation
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
PresidentPatrick T. Ferry
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Other students
523 International
Location, ,
United States

43°15′13″N 87°54′52″W / 43.25361°N 87.91444°WCoordinates: 43°15′13″N 87°54′52″W / 43.25361°N 87.91444°W
Campus200 acres of lake front property
ColorsLake Blue      and Sunrise Gold     
MascotFreddy the Falcon


The university is located at 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wisconsin, a city of just over 23,000 citizens north of Milwaukee. The university owns a 192-acre (78 ha) campus with over 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of indoor walkways, better known as "tunnels". These "tunnels" connect all academic and residence halls on campus. The university and its 10 Concordia Centers are home to more than 7,900 undergraduate and graduate, traditional, as well as non-traditional students from 46 states and 34 countries. The university offers 70 undergraduate majors, 22 master's degree programs, doctoral degrees in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Practice. There are also a variety of accelerated evening and e-learning programs.[2]


Concordia was opened in 1881 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Classes were taught in the basement of the building, with only 13 students in attendance. One year later, the college, known then as Concordia College, purchased nearby land to erect a permanent facility. The college was located between 31st and 33rd Streets and State Street and Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee until 1983. The campus is now owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community (the owners of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino).

For the first 83 years, from its inception to 1964, the college featured a classical education with a pre-theology emphasis. Its main mission was to prepare young men for pastoral careers in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Originally, graduates matriculated to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri for an additional four years of divinity studies, leading to ordination within the Lutheran Church.

Prior to the fall of 1964, the combination high school and junior college operated as a male-only institution. Even after women students were accepted in the junior college program for the first time that fall, the high school and the pre-seminary program continued to restrict admissions to men.


Under the direction of President Wilbert Rosin, the college requested four-year institution status from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod for its programs, and in 1978, the request was approved. Dr. R. John Buuck became president in 1979. In 1982, the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, Wisconsin was purchased which has become the permanent home of CUW. In 1996, the original Milwaukee campus was turned over to the Native American Educational System of Wisconsin, which teaches tribal youth about their culture and language as the Indian Community School of Milwaukee.

As construction on the modern campus continued throughout the 1980s, the college petitioned its board of regents for full university status on August 27, 1989, and the request was approved for the fall 1990 term, making it the first among the ten Concordia University System campuses to achieve that standing. Subsequently, during his 17-year tenure, President R. John Buuck lead the university to unprecedented growth. With the introduction of programs such as business, nursing, adult education, physical therapy, occupational therapy etc., the university grew rapidly becoming the largest Lutheran college and university in North America in 1996.

The past decade CUW has undergone much constructional change with the addition of many new buildings. In the Summer of 2011, construction for a School of Pharmacy building was completed. Concordia University Wisconsin's School of Pharmacy program was launched in the fall of 2010 and is a four-year professional pharmacy program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers within the pharmacy profession. By adding a School of Pharmacy, CUW has become one of three schools in the state of Wisconsin to offer a Pharm.D. degree. The building includes many amenities: clinical practice labs to develop patient care skills, state-of-the-art educational technologies, faculty research space, lecture halls, and faculty offices. [3]


  • Christoph Henry Loeber – installed 1885
  • Max Albrecht – installed 1893
  • G. Christian Barth – installed 1921
  • Leroy Carl Rincker – installed 1936
  • Walter W. Stuenkel – installed 1953
  • Wilbert Rosin – installed 1977
  • R. John Buuck – installed 1979
  • Patrick T. Ferry – installed 1997 (current president)


CUW Enrollment 1990 to present

CUW has doubled in total enrollment from 3719 in 1995–96 to 7485 students in 2010-11. Adult education programs were also expanded, thereby topping the list of the largest such programs in higher education for the Lutheran Church. CUW's enrollment makes it the largest Lutheran university in the United States.[4][5]


Student/Faculty ratio: 13 to 1
Average class size: 18
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 74.2%

Student media

Concordia has several student publications, including the official student newspaper,The Beacon, founded in 1984. Prior to that, papers such as The Courier made up the student news publications. An underground publication at Concordia is The Shadow, which contains humorous fictional stories and is distributed by secret editorial staff. It is in its third incarnation, following in the footsteps of the original, but renamed as The Shadow Reborn.


Concordia Wisconsin teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and are members of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, shooting, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, shooting, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball and field hockey.

In April 2012, CUW opened its new baseball field, Kapco Park. The field is home to both CUW's men's baseball and the Lakeshore Chinooks, a local minor league baseball team part-owned by Robin Yount and Bob Uecker. Kapco Park has the maximum capacity for 3,000 fans in various seating areas throughout the facility including reserved seats, fan decks, general admission and grass seating, all with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. This ballpark has a synthetic turf field, except the pitchers mound, for consistent play throughout the year. It also has a fully functioning press box, dugouts, concession area and restrooms. The park sits on the northeast corner of Concordia University Wisconsin, located on the shores of Lake Michigan.[6]

In 2013, CUW announced the addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling, the university's 24th sport with a competitive championship. CUW is expected to begin its first season of competition during the spring of 2015 with an approximate roster of 30-40 student-athletes. The official competition season is February–April. The Falcons will become the 12th school to sponsor the emerging sport, in association with the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association.[7]


CUW is represented by Freddy the Falcon. The schools colors are lake blue and sunrise orange, representing the view of Lake Michigan that can be seen on campus.

Student life

Clubs and organizations

The university has more than 70 student organizations in various fields of interest.

Student government

CUW's student government association (SGA) oversees all student organization on campus. It is made up of resident senators from each dormitory, commuter senators who live off campus, organization senators who represent campus organizations, and the executive board. SGA receives its funding from the $40 Student Government Program fee that full-time students pay. SGA works with the students, faculty, campus ministry, and the administration to represent the students in all aspects of life at Concordia.

Campus activities

The CUW Campus Activities Board coordinates, markets, and facilitates activities for the entire campus throughout the year. These events include Homecoming, An Evening at the Lounge, Casino Night, Winterfest, and many new and traditional events.

Notable alumni


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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "A Group of Colleges that Has Faith in Your Future". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Craig. "Kapco Park". Concordia University Wisconsin. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Craig. "Concordia University Wisconsin adds Acrobatics & Tumbling". Concordia University Wisconsin. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Richard Lischer CV" (PDF). Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ "John Scardina NFL Football Statistics". 1958-07-26. Retrieved 2016-07-09.

External links

2014 Horizon League Baseball Tournament

The 2014 Horizon League Baseball Tournament was held from May 21–24. All six of the league's teams met in the double-elimination tournament held at Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Youngstown State won the tournament for the second time, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

André Carson

André D. Carson (born October 16, 1974) is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 7th congressional district, in office since a special election in 2008. The district includes the southern four-fifths of Indianapolis, including downtown. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

He is the grandson of his predecessor, former U.S. Representative Julia Carson (1938–2007). Carson was the second Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress, following Keith Ellison of Minnesota in 2006.

Colleges and universities of Milwaukee

Higher education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is dominated by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on the East Side and Marquette University, located near downtown. Milwaukee is also served by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University Wisconsin, (the Mequon Campus), Lakeland College (the West Allis/Milwaukee Campus) collectively giving the city a full-time, degree seeking college student population exceeding approximately 70,000, the largest in Wisconsin. A January 2000 study from McGill University in Montreal ranked Milwaukee 6th in a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents. Also serving Milwaukee-area students are local campuses of Upper Iowa University and Ottawa University, which has a campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Curt Gielow

Curt Gielow (born. March 18, 1945) is an American Republican politician from Wisconsin.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Gielow received his degree in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his masters from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves Concordia University Wisconsin as the Executive Dean of the School of Pharmacy. He is currently serving as Vice President of Administration and Chief Campus Officer at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

Gielow served in the Wisconsin State Assembly 2003-2007. In 2010, Gielow was elected mayor of Mequon, Wisconsin and had served on the Mequon Common Council. As mayor of Mequon, Gielow began lifting some bans on building and changed some zoning laws to allow more commerce and thus, more business tax base, which in some cases was considered controversial. In the Wisconsin Spring Election April 2013, Gielow was defeated for reelection for Mayor of Mequon by Dan Abendroth.

David Benke

David Benke is a Lutheran pastor and the former president of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Ernest Gottlieb Sihler

Ernest Gottlieb Sihler (1853–1942) was a Professor of Classics at New York University. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was the son of Lutheran missionary Wilhelm Sihler and great-uncle to Andrew Sihler.

Sihler's professional name was Ernest G. Sihler, but within the Sihler family he was always known as Gottlieb. Not long after leaving Concordia College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the post at New York University, he endowed a library fund there for the purchase of "books of standard value" (i.e., presumably excluding rare books, incunabula, and so on).

Gene Edward Veith

Gene Edward Veith (born October 15, 1951) is an author, scholar, and Professor of Literature emeritus at Patrick Henry College.

Henny Hiemenz

Henny Hiemenz (born c. 1978) is an American football coach. He is the offensive coordinator at Concordia University Wisconsin, a position he had held since 2011. Hiemenz was the head football coach at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 2006 to 2010, compiling a record of 28–22.

James Burkee

James Burkee is a candidate in the fifth congressional district of Wisconsin for the U.S. House of Representatives, author of numerous articles relating to reform in U.S. politics, is a history professor at Concordia University Wisconsin, and is a public figure in southeast Wisconsin on national politics. He is most notably a critic of many prominent national politicians who he characterizes as disconnected from the American public in both personal and political priorities, and he frequently speaks out on issues of fiscal responsibility in government.

Joel D. Heck

Joel D. Heck (born 1 October 1948) is Professor of Theology at Concordia University Texas and formerly Executive Editor of Concordia University Press. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, most recently editing a reprint edition of The Personal Heresy: A Controversy, a book co-authored by C. S. Lewis and E. M. W. Tillyard and originally published in 1939 and also a reprint of the Socratic Digest. He teaches courses in Old and New Testament, Reformation history, and the life and writings of C. S. Lewis.

John Scardina

John Scardina was a player in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings in 1987 as a tackle. He played at the collegiate level at Concordia University Wisconsin and Lincoln University.

John Warwick Montgomery

John Warwick Montgomery is a noted lawyer, professor, Lutheran theologian, and prolific author living in France. He was born October 18, 1931, in Warsaw, New York, United States. Since 2014 he has been Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, Wisconsin, and continues to work as a barrister specializing in religious freedom cases in international Human Rights law.He is chiefly noted for his major contributions as a writer, lecturer and public debater in the field of Christian apologetics.Since 2007 he is Emeritus Professor at University of Bedfordshire, England, where from 1995–2007 he held a full professorship in law and humanities. From 2007-2014, he was the "Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought" at Patrick Henry College. He is also the director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, and is the editor of the theological online journal Global Journal of Classical Theology.

Kurt W. Schuller

Kurt W. Schuller (born June 21, 1955) is the former State Treasurer of Wisconsin and a restaurateur from Eden, Wisconsin.

Lakeshore Chinooks

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a baseball team based in Mequon, Wisconsin, United States and a member of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Chinooks play their home games at Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Summer collegiate leagues provide an opportunity for college players to spend their summers and display their talents to professional scouts. Players must be enrolled in college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility to participate. College players gain experience with the opportunity to play under the minor league conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans.

College interns gain experience by handling a number of duties at Chinooks games including ticketing, operations, on-field promotions, and webcast production. Games are webcast via the Northwoods League website.

Chinooks players stay with local host families during the season. More than two dozen local families provide housing.Ticket prices are $13 reserved box, $10 reserved grandstand, $7 general admission.

Morgan Hamm

Morgan Carl Hamm (born September 24, 1982 in Washburn, Wisconsin) is an American artistic gymnast. He is an Olympic silver medalist in the team competition at the 2004 Olympics and a two-time Olympian (2000, 2004). He also was a member of the silver-medal winning team at the 2003 World Championships. Hamm was named to the 2008 Olympic team, but withdrew from it due to injury.

Northern Wrestling Association

The Northern Wrestling Association is a college athletic conference. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a wrestling-only conference. Its first season was held in 2006–07, and the member schools include the following institutions: Concordia University Wisconsin, Knox College, Lakeland College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.PAST TEAM CHAMPIONS2007-08

Lakeland College2008-09

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Lakeland College2010-11

Lakeland College2011-12

Concordia University – Wisconsin

Milwaukee School of Engineering2012-13

Concordia University - Wisconsin2013-14

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Patrick Ferry

Patrick Ferry is the president of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin, where he has served since August 1997. The higher education institution is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Ralph W. Klein

Ralph Walter Klein (born 1936) is an American Old Testament scholar. He is Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.Klein was born in Springfield, Illinois, and studied at Concordia College in Wisconsin, Concordia Senior College, Concordia Seminary, and Harvard Divinity School. He was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1966, and taught at Concordia Senior College and Concordia Seminary. After a period as a pastor in St. Louis, Klein taught at Christ Seminary-Seminex before moving to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.Klein has written commentaries on 1 Samuel (WBC), 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles. He was editor of Currents in Theology and Mission from 1974 to 2009.

In 2003, a Festschrift was published in his honor. The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph W. Klein included contributions from Robert H. Smith, Gary N. Knoppers and Leslie C. Allen.

South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

The South Wisconsin District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), and covers the southern third of the state of Wisconsin. The northern two-thirds are in the North Wisconsin District; there are also two Wisconsin congregations in the Minnesota North District. In addition, twelve congregations in the South Wisconsin District's area are in the non-geographic English District, and one in the SELC District. The South Wisconsin District includes approximately 213 congregations and missions, subdivided into 27 circuits, as well as 37 preschools, 58 elementary schools and 6 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 116,600.The South Wisconsin District was formed in 1916 when the Wisconsin District was divided. District offices are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers. The Rev. John Wille became the district president in September 2006 and was re-elected to a second term in 2009. The 52nd Regular Convention was held June 7-9, 2009, with the theme "With Unveiled Faces ... Reflecting the Lords Glory". The 53rd Regular Convention was held June 10-12, 2012 on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin with the theme "Life Together…Life Forgiven".Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, part of the LCMS' Concordia University System, is located within the district. Camp LuWiSoMo in Wild Rose, Wisconsin is owned and operated by the South Wisconsin District.

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