Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D.

Editor's note: This letter, written by University President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD, first appeared in the spring 2019 issue of the Arbor Light, the official magazine of Concordia University Ann Arbor.

This summer marks the sixth anniversary of the merger of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA). The blessings of this outstanding collaboration are abundant and evident across our institution. While each campus maintains its own distinct personality, Concordia’s remarkable faculty, staff , and more than 7,300 students walk together in mission as we “live uncommon” lives for the good of Christ’s Gospel in the Church and throughout the world.

Today, across two residential campuses, online, and at nine extension campuses, Concordia University’s six schools of study off er 87 undergraduate majors and programs, 33 graduate/master’s degrees and programs, five doctoral/professional programs, and six associate degrees. Our graduates go forth well prepared in mind, body, and spirit to lead lives of service and impact in an array of vocations. This issue of Arbor Light connects you to some of their stories.

In the “On the banks” section, we share information about CUAA’s unique pre-seminary program that blends practical experience in ministry, connects students to pastoral mentors, and provides fi nancial support. While this program is new, our commitment to preparing pastors for the Church and world is evident in our alumni who are prominently serving throughout the LCMS. A small few of them are featured.

Our cover story, “Vital to the operation,” details what sets CUAA’s School of Nursing apart. We highlight the state-of-the art simulation center, complete with 13 cutting-edge manikins, and introduce the leaders and students who are setting a new standard in Christian care.

Throughout this issue, we lift students, faculty, and alumni who use their gifts to serve Christ for the betterment not only of self but of society, as well. It is my great privilege to work alongside these men and women each and every day at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor.

To God be the glory,


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