AUSTIN (KXAN) — Concordia University has chosen Don Christian, the longtime College of Business dean, to replace outgoing president Dr. Thomas Cedel.
In a statement released by the university on Tuesday, Christian is described as Cedel’s “right-hand man.” During his tenure as dean since the fall of 2005, enrollment doubled in the bachelor program, he launched the Concordia MBA in 2010 and provided direction in creating the required leadership curriculum that is used across campus.
The 17 person board of regents for the university unanimously decided to appoint Christian as the institution’s next chief executive officer. The position will hold the same responsibilities as a president.
Before joining Concordia University, Christian was the headmaster of Lutheran High North in Houston, parish life administrator at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Houston and a high school band director in Minneapolis, where he began his professional career. He earned his doctorate from the University of Phoenix in management and organizational leadership, his master’s in music and wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati and his undergraduate degree at Concordia University Chicago.