Non-Lutheran named interim CEO of Concordia-Ann Arbor

Concordia University – Ann Arbor announced that they have hired Dr. Russell L. Nichols to serve as the university’s interim CEO. Nichols earned his Doctor of Education from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from Wabash College. He is the former president of Hanover College in Indiana and served a number of positions at Hillsdale College in Michigan prior to that.

Not mentioned in the Ann Arbor announcement but from other sources we learn:

Active in civic affairs, Dr. Nichols is an ordained elder of Hanover Presbyterian Church.

The Reverend Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer resigned as president of the university at the end of 2009. Senior Vice President Charles A. Winterstein was named acting president at that time. I can’t find any record of Ann Arbor having a CEO previous to Dr. Nichols and I’m uncertain of what his job description is. Concordia Presidents are required to be members in good standing of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.

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