Quinton Anderson serves as the Lead Pastor at Concordia University Irvine, attending to and overseeing the spiritual care, discipleship formation, and worship life of the university. In addition he is the director of the Pre-seminary and Pre-deaconess ministry formation programs within Christ College. He has served as a youth minister and Lutheran School teacher, and upon completing his Masters of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2006, he served as a pastor in Denver, Colorado. Pastor Anderson is a Concordia alum and has served CUI as pastor since 2009.
Assistant Professor of English
Katharine Meyer Borst has over twenty years of teaching experience and teaches writing and literature to traditional and online students. She currently acts as faculty adviser to the anti-human trafficking club on campus, Live2Free. Katharine also serves as campaign treasurer for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and is keenly interested in equity and human rights in local and international governance, particularly as they relate to women’s rights. Recently, she traveled with Congresswoman Sanchez to participate in the 2014 Human Rights Conference in Paris. Katharine is a Concordia alumna and received her MA in English Literature from Saint Louis University.
Assistant Director of International Student Success
Catherine Foster serves as the Vice President of the Associated Students of Concordia University Irvine (ASCUI). In her position, she oversees ASCUI Senate and the functioning of various student committees. Additionally, Foster is a member on the student policy committee. Foster has also served two consecutive years as an elected ASCUI Senator and hopes to strengthen the productivity of ASCUI Senate. Currently, Foster is a junior studying business with an emphasis in marketing and minoring in graphic design. She has been serving in her current position since May 2015.
Dean of Students; Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Gilbert Fugitt worked for many years as a Director of Christian Education at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, California. In this context, he developed servant leaders within the church and the youth ministry. At Concordia University, he is the Dean of Students and works with Student Affairs to promote a Co-Curricular experience that is inclusive to the student body. He received a Bachelor's in Theology from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and also attained his DCE Certification. He obtained a Master's in Psychology and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. He has been serving at Concordia since 2008.
Institutional Research and Assessment Coordinator
Health Promotion Specialist
Megan Harbert joined the staff at Concordia as the Health Promotion Specialist in 2014. She is responsible for directing services and activities that foster the health and well-being of students on campus. Megan works closely with Health Services and Psychological Counseling staff to develop and promote mental and physical health initiatives on campus.
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Deborah Lee is in charge of providing consistent and accurate information for decision-makers to act on behalf of students, faculty, and staff to foster student success and institutional effectiveness. In addition to on-campus reporting, Deborah also reports data to external parties such as the Department of Education, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), US News and World Report, Collegeboard, Peterson's, and much more. She is a University of California, Irvine alumna, and received a Master’s Degree in Demographic and Social Analysis. She has presented at WASC Academic Resource Conferences and completed the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy under the mentorship of Mary Allen and Amy Driscoll. In the past three years, Deborah has redesigned academic and co-curricular assessment at CUI, creating a meaningful and manageable process.
Director of Student Conduct
Melinda Martinez is responsible for the equitable administration of student conduct and student care. She is also responsible for the implementation of the office's judicial and educational functions as it relates to Concordia University Irvine's mission and the Student Code of Conduct. Melinda earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from California State University at Fullerton and her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University, School of Law. Melinda has served the Concordia community since 2013.
Assistant Director of Training and Organizational Development
Director of Multicultural Leadership and Service Learning
Brianna Montgomery supervises students in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, and is responsible for coordinating three programs: 1) The Diversity Awareness Program to promote inclusion on campus 2) The Concordia Cares Program to connect faculty, staff and students with volunteer projects and 3) The Clubs and Organizations Program to promote undergraduate engagement. Brianna is a Concordia alumna, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Baylor University. She has experience working in both the non-profit and corporate sectors focusing on project management, training, and leadership development. She has been serving in her current position at Concordia since 2012.
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Tim Preuss began his professional career in education at Lutheran High School South in Houston Texas. A former high school and college teacher, coach and Athletic Director Tim is currently the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University Irvine. In this role, Tim supervises an assistant Dean, thirteen division and department chairs, three administrative assistants and more than sixty full time faculty. Tim has served at Concordia as a faculty member since 2005 and in his current administrative position since 2009.
Member of Athletic Director’s leadership team, duties includes planning and assessment of athletics department, personnel, athletics and sport team budget management oversight, personnel (hiring to evaluation), and implementation of policies and procedures to assure University, conference and national compliance. Key member of leadership team that helped write application for and transition to NCAA DII. Key member in athletic master planning, upgrades and renovation of existing athletic facilities for move to NCAA DII standards and implementation of first Title IX study, serves on various committees dealing with Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 2015 - 16 PacWest men and women’s basketball tournament director.
Senior Woman Administrator of the Intercollegiate Athletic Department & Head Softball Coach
In her role as SWA, Crystal Rosenthal serves as the highest ranking female administrator within the athletic department, and participates on the senior management team, acting as a key decision maker instrumentally involved with the athletics department, and reviews Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report. Crystal also oversees the nationally ranked softball program both and off the field. Crystal is a Concordia alumna, and received her Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration. She has been serving in her current position at Concordia since 2009, and has been working at the institution for over 13 years in various capacities.
Executive Director of Campus Safety and retired Police Chief of La Habra
Dean of Student Success/Director of Academic Advising
Professor Dian Vieselmeyer earned a BS in elementary education and an MA as a reading specialist (1983) from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska. She has served in elementary classrooms in Springfield, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Gainesville, Florida. At Concordia University Irvine since 1986, Dian has held positions as Academic Advisor, Director of Academic Advising, and is currently the Dean of Student Success. She designed the freshmen retention and advising program, taught the freshman seminar course, as well as teacher education courses from 1986-2000. As the Dean of Student Success, her focus is on retention and persistence to graduation; academic support programs for all students; and academic advising.
Executive Director of Global Programs
Dr. Dan Waite is the Executive Director of the Office of Global Programs at Concordia and faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role Dan works with five Directors who have oversight of the Academic Intensive English Program, Study Abroad, International Student Services, International Student Admissions, the Vocations Without Borders Faculty Development Program, and Global Outreach Programs. Dan received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Comparative Education from U.C.L.A., and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. He has been serving at Concordia since 2011.
Director of Tutoring Services
Sharon Walker joined Concordia University in May of 2014 as the Director of Tutoring services. She coordinates all tutoring services on campus and supervises over 30 tutors. She works with the Office of Student Success, Retention Committee, Deans, faculty and related staff as needed to provide academic assistance and study skills support.
Sharon has been working in education since 2005. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an MAED in Adult Education and Training. Shortly after completing her Bachelors, she pursued her passion in the field of education. She has served as a teacher and after school site coordinator in secondary education (elementary, middle school, and high school) for four years; and worked as a student mentor (academic and finance counselor) at University of Phoenix for five years.
Dean for Equity Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Terilyn Walker is the Dean for Equity Diversity & Inclusion and serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, ADA and 504 Coordinator. She oversees areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the University including athletics. Dr. Walker supervises the Disability and Learning Resource Center and is responsible for coordinating equitable access to the University's academic, social, and physical environments for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Her Doctoral Degree from USC is in Educational Psychology; she has worked in the field of disabilities since 1999. Dr. Walker is a Concordia alumna and has served CUI in her current position since 2009.
Associate Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Program Development
As Associate Provost, Dr. Grove plays a significant administrative role in the development of online and blended programs and courses, faculty development in online teaching, and coordinating efforts between the business office, marketing, adult and graduate admissions and the Office of the Provost. His direct reports include the Office of Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning (Office AGO) and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). He was appointed as the Assistant Provost of Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning in July 2013 and holds a faculty position in the School of Education. Prior to joining Concordia, Grove held faculty and administrative positions at Vanguard University from 2005-2013. Doug holds a B.A. in English from Concordia University, Irvine; an M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University; an M.S. in Leadership from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Grove’s broad experience in educational evaluation includes the management of numerous state and federal grants totaling more than 12 million in research funds. Grove has four peer-reviewed journal publications, two published book chapters, three published books, and 46 paper presentations domestically. Dr. Grove has taught English, business, and physical education in public and private school settings. He has served as a high school vice principal, the coordinator of a county office assessment unit, and school board member.
President of Concordia University Irvine
Dr. Kurt Krueger is the president of Concordia University Irvine, one of ten schools in the Concordia University System. Prior to his election to his present position in 2010, Kurt was the Executive Director of the Board for University Education of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and President of the Concordia University System. From 1986 to 2005, he was a professor of English at Concordia University Irvine and served as provost for nine years. He has also served on the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin and at Lutheran High School in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Kurt earned an M.A. in English from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has authored several articles on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, has written about servant leadership for Concordia Publishing House, and speaks frequently about the characteristics of Christian colleges and universities and the value of Lutheran higher education. Kurt and his wife Val have two married children and one grandchild.
Executive Vice President, Chief Enrollment Officer
Dr. Gary McDaniel supervises the Dean of Students, Director of Athletics, Associate Vice President of Admission and Marketing, Director of Financial Aid, 75 various staff members and an annual budget of over 10 million dollars. Gary, along with other members of Executive staff, is responsible for providing leadership for the generation of nearly 60 million dollars of annual tuition revenue and he oversees and manages nearly 18 million dollars of undergraduate financial aid. Gary is responsible for the creation of a quality student experience and he is also responsible for the university marketing activities and university brand management. He serves on the University Executive Council to help determine institution priorities, administrative structure and budgetary allocations.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost
Dr. Peter Senkbeil supervises the Office of Student Success, which provides academic advising and retention services for all undergraduate students, as well as onboarding programs for first-generation college students and academically at-risk students. He also supervises the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, which monitors retention and graduation rate data for all student populations, and he serves as Concordia's Accreditation Liaison Officer with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the university's regional accrediting body. Peter has served at Concordia as a faculty member since 1992 and as a full-time administrator since 2006.
Ron has been a practicing California lawyer for over 25 years. He has served as general counsel to several public agencies and nonprofit organizations and, since 2009, he has served as in-house General Counsel to Concordia University in Irvine CA. Ron has spent significant time advising governing boards and management staff on general legal matters relating to contracts, finances, personnel issues and regulatory compliance. Prior to becoming General Counsel to Concordia University, Ron represented numerous cities, water districts, public agencies, high schools, nonprofit organizations, community groups, land development companies and individuals. He is no stranger to litigation, and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous lawsuits. He is counsel of record in two reported California Appellate Court cases.
Vice President, International and Cultural Relations