The campus master plan, the search for a new provost and strategic priorities were just three items discussed at a recent convocation hosted by Dr. Dale A. Meyer. Meyer offered a report from a recent Board of Regents meeting with “much exciting news to share.” Meyer explained the strategic priorities for Concordia Seminary moving forward, with a special emphasis on recruiting new students and emphasizing our Lutheran identity. Visible changes to the campus, per the campus master plan, have already been made, and Meyer added that former dorms Metzger and Fritz halls will soon be demolished. Meyer also reported on the Seminary’s implementation of the fully updated Master of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum and the transition to semesters, and the search for a new provost, which will likely take the remainder of the academic year to complete.
New financial aid policies also were announced. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, M.Div. and Residential Alternate Route (RAR) students are guaranteed financial aid at least equal to their tuition. This has been made possible by the incredible generosity and support of Seminary donors and Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) partners across the country. Additionally, there is a new policy in place for students in the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) and Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) programs. Through a three-way partnership between the LCMS district sending the student, the congregation where the student will serve and the Seminary, tuition for CHS and EIIT students will be fully funded.
Meyer concluded the convocation by thanking all donors and partners who support the Seminary and its students. “God has called you and me into the marvelous light of Jesus,” Meyer said. “What else could we have but living, daring confidence in God’s grace?” Watch the convocation here.