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Concordia University Texas Promotes New Provost

Dr. Kristi Kirk will serve as first female provost in 90 year history

Article written by chelsey.doering@concordia.edu on Dec. 13, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas — Concordia University Texas is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Kristi Kirk as Provost.  Dr. Kirk will serve as the first female provost in Concordia’s 90 year history.

Dr. Kirk, whose appointment takes effect immediately, brings multiple dimensions to the role. She is an accomplished educator, an experienced leader and a longtime member of the Concordia community. Dr. Kirk, an alumna, has been with Concordia for over twenty years. Her experience, accomplishments and values made her a perfect fit for the role of provost, who serves as the chief academic officer and works in close partnership with the president to provide overall leadership for the campus.

Kristi began her career in higher education when she started as a student worker in the Office of Admission in her freshman year of college at Concordia.  Little did she know then that this part-time job would turn into a lifelong passion for Concordia and for higher education.  Since starting in Admissions, Kristi has provided leadership in the areas of Student Services, Financial Aid and Enrollment, as well as Athletics. She is currently part of the leadership team which helps Concordia to achieve its mission of Developing Christian Leaders.

As a member of the Concordia faculty, Kristi also has had the opportunity to be an educator in the History program.  Her favorite courses to teach include Baseball & American Culture, The American West, and Life & Leadership (Concordia’s New Student Seminar program). 

Since completing her BA in History at Concordia, Kristi has earned a Master’s Degree in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education at Capella University where she studied the governance relationship between Concordia and its parent church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

“Dr. Kirk’s passion for this institution is evident to all,” said Dr. Don Christian, President and CEO of Concordia. “Her ability to manage many teams and to accomplish multiple tasks is highly valued. She has a comprehensive understanding of Concordia and of higher education in general. I believe she will approach this transition with an eye on our current strategic initiatives and in a manner that supports our mission, vision, and values.”

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