President Search

Concordia Seminary’s Board of Regents and faculty are actively searching for the next Seminary president. This page is dedicated to providing timely information throughout the process.

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Presidential Nominees

The following 44 individuals have been nominated (per Synod Bylaws) as candidates for election as the 11th President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and have allowed their names to stand for consideration:

Dr. Joel D. Biermann
Dr. Ralph Blomenberg
Dr. Gerhard H. Bode Jr.
Dr. Jon S. Bruss
Dr. Kirk M. Clayton
Dr. Anthony A. Cook
Dr. Burnell F. Eckardt
Dr. Joel C. Elowsky
Dr. Glenn K. Fluegge
Dr. Kevin S. Golden
Dr. Paul J. Grime
Dr. Gifford A. Grobien
Dr. Benjamin D. Haupt
Dr. Erik H. Herrmann
Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha

Dr. Robert R. Lessing
Dr. David P. E. Maier
Dr. Walter A. Maier III
Dr. Aaron M. Moldenhauer
Dr. Steven P. Mueller
Dr. Edward A. Naumann
Dr. Martin R. Noland
Gerald A. Paul
Robert W. Paul (Houston, Texas)
Dr. Paul A. Philp
Dr. Christian A. Preus
Dr. David R. Preus
Dr. Jacob A. O. Preus III
Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
Dr. Harold Ristau

Dr. Matthew W. Rueger
Dr. Douglas L. Rutt
Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.
Dr. Peter J. Scaer
Dr. Travis J. Scholl
Dr. Klaus D. Schulz
Dr. William W. Schumacher
Dr. Ken R. Schurb
Dr. Mark A. Seifrid
Dr. Jeffrey E. Skopak
Dr. Dien A. Taylor
Dr. James W. Voelz
Dr. Lucas V. Woodford
Dr. Thomas J. Zelt

The candidate evaluation process will be facilitated by the Presidential Search Committee that was formed in accordance with Synod Bylaws. A special meeting of the electors has been scheduled for May 16, 2020, to conduct the election of the President.

Call issued for Seminary president nominations

Concordia Seminary’s Board of Regents, with the approval of Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), has issued a call for nominations for candidates for the presidency of the Seminary. The new president will succeed President Dr. Dale A. Meyer, who will retire June 30, 2020. Meyer, who became the Seminary’s Read more…

President Meyer and Board Chairman Peperkorn address chapel assembly

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer and Board of Regents Chairman Rev. Todd Peperkorn address the assembly after chapel Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, one day after Meyer announced his plan to retire at the end of the academic year.

Dr. Meyer is 72 years old and in the final months of his third five-year term of service. By bylaw, he is required to notify the Seminary's Board of Regents nine months prior to the expiration of this term of his intention regarding continuing to serve. So, the time was upon him to make a decision. We know this was not an easy decision for Dr. and Mrs. Meyer, but we must remember that he has already worked a full term past "normal" retirement age. We know that Dr. and Mrs. Meyer have discussed their decision and came to it mutually – and they deserve to enjoy a retirement!

The process for electing a new president is clearly outlined in the LCMS Handbook, which contains the constitution and bylaws of the Synod. Immediate steps include the Board of Regents issuing a call for nominations of candidates as well as convening a search committee. The committee will be composed of three full-time faculty members (elected by the faculty with one alternate) and three Board of Regents members (elected by the board with one alternate). In phase two of the search, the committee shall be expanded to include three additional members of the faculty (elected by the faculty.) Ultimately, the slate of nominees shall be voted on by four electors – 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 president of the LCMS. The election of the president shall require three of four elector votes. For complete details, please read Section of the Handbook.

The Board of Regents is committed to a transparent process as they work together with the faculty to find the Seminary's next president. Please watch the Seminary's official communications channels – CSL website, Concordia Seminary magazine, etc. – for ongoing news updates.

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