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Presidential Search Committee shares update, timeline

The Presidential Search Committee met Sept. 18, 2020, and shared the following update.

The committee members edited the inventory that will be sent to the presidential nominees and to the references they provide. They also reviewed the process they will follow and the tasks they hope to accomplish that will guide their selection of the final slate of candidates.

The tasks they hope to accomplish over the next five months include:

  • Review list of nominees
  • Collect and assess initial information from nominees and their references. Eg., self-evaluation tools, personal information forms
  • First selection round
  • Conduct interviews with Presidential Search Committee and collect information from other reviews with first-round nominees
  • Second selection round
  • Second-round nominees will meet with representatives of the Seminary community
  • Assess, choose and report on a slate of candidates for the electors

The names of 42 individuals who have been nominated as candidates for election as the 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis were announced Sept. 9. Presidential nominations, per the LCMS Handbook, were submitted by LCMS congregations, the Seminary’s Board of Regents and the Seminary faculty.

The Presidential Search Committee is now evaluating each of the candidates and will recommend at least five candidates from the list of nominees to the four electors. Electors meet Feb. 6, 2021, to elect the new president. The four electors include one vote from the Board of Regents voting as a group, one vote from the LCMS district president serving on the board as a voting member, one vote from the chairman of the LCMS Board of Directors and one vote from the LCMS president. The election of the president requires three of four elector votes.

The new president will succeed Dr. Dale A. Meyer, who retired June 30. Meyer became the Seminary’s 10th president in 2005. Dr. Daniel Preus is currently serving as interim president of the Seminary.

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