Milestone Run

Concordia University's outgoing president—Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD—is being celebrated this week with Ferry Fest, a series of celebratory activities at both the Ann Arbor and Wisconsin campuses.

The Ann Arbor campus launched Ferry Fest on Monday, April 26. From sidewalk chalk to to coordinated t-shirts, “Thank you, Dr. Ferry!” was visible at every angle of celebration. The celebrations will continue this week at CUW.

After 30 years of distinguished service to Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor—with eight of them as president of the Ann Arbor campus—Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD, will retire in June 2021. A search for his successor is underway.

Milestone RunIn addition to a special Chapel message and Ferry’s Last Lecture (recordings of which will be shared soon), there was a surprise event that Ferry wasn’t expecting: The “Milestone Run.”

What he thought was a routine, daily run with Vice President Ryan Peterson and Head Cross Country Coach Alli Unger ended with a lap on the track. Not only were some of the significant campus achievements that have occurred at CUAA under Ferry’s tenure marked on signs throughout the lap, but nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff were circled on the track to cheer him as he ran his surprise lap.

In addition, over 60 miles were run yesterday in President Ferry’s honor, pledged by members of the Concordia community.

Check out a few of the many milestones that have taken place at CUAA under Ferry’s leadership of the CUAA campus.

Milestone Run

July 1, 2013

Ann Arbor and Wisconsin officially merge

Related: CUAA merge with CUW approved by Higher Learning Commission

Milestone Run September 2015

Dedication of the renovated Kreft Center for the Arts

Related: Kreft Center for the Arts at Concordia University opens to the public

Milestone Run October 2015

North Building acquisition

Related: CUAA’s new North Building opens to the public

Milestone Run October 2015

Cardinal Stadium dedication

Related: CUAA to dedicate Cardinal Stadium

Milestone Run Fall 2016

Nursing launched (6 cohorts now graduated!)

Related: CUAA’s first nursing cohort: Alpha class soars

Milestone Run June 2018

Groundbreaking for Thunder Sports Complex.

Related: CUAA breaks ground for the Thunder Sports Complex

Milestone Run Fall 2018

Memorized Romans 8

Related: Concordia releases spiritual life survey results

Milestone Run January 2021

Physician Assistant program launched

Related: They’re here! Physician Assistant’s first cohort begins classes

Milestone Run 2013-2021

Over 15 academic programs added

Related: CUAA continues six year enrollment climb

Milestone Run 2013-2021

8 Cardinal athletic programs added

Related: Banner year for Cardinal athletics

On June 30, 2021, Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD, will conclude 30 years of distinguished service to Concordia University, with 24 of them as president. A multitude of thanks are due…

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