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Graduate Certificate Programs Added to Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine Launching in March

Graduate Certificate Programs Added to Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine Launching in March

IRVINE, Calif. (February 20, 2017)Concordia University Irvine (CUI) today announced three new, online graduate certificate programs that will be offered beginning in March through the new Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling (TILC) led by New York Times best-selling author, psychologist, and leadership coach John Townsend, Ph.D. The new certificate programs—in Executive Coaching, Organizational Leadership, and Counseling—are additions to the master's degree programs in Organizational Leadership and Counseling. Inaugural classes begin in March. All degree and certificate programs have received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

"Offering the graduate certificate programs in addition to the master's degree programs will provide students with more options to best meet their needs," said Concordia University Irvine President Kurt Krueger. "We look forward to helping students prepare for their vocations and various callings in life through the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine."

Known for its competency-plus-character model which emphasizes the importance of competence (task and subject matter expertise skill sets) and character (one’s abilities to relate well to others and oneself) in leadership roles, the Townsend Institute is part of the School of Professional Studies at Concordia University Irvine, a non-profit Christian university in Irvine. Certificate courses at the Institute may be applied toward a master’s degree. According to administrators, inquiry and enrollment numbers to date make this the largest program launch for the private university. Enrollment began in October.

The four-day, on-campus launch of inaugural classes with Institute founder John Townsend will culminate in a one-day symposium with Townsend and Institute Fellows like Daniel Amen, M.D. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The symposium—open to the public—includes the program, handouts, and dinner. Registration, at $25 per person, is limited. For a complete list of speakers and to register, visit

John Townsend—who has written 30 books and sold 10 million copies, including the best-selling Boundaries series—has been helping organizations and individuals to achieve success for more than 20 years. He co-hosts a nationally-syndicated radio program with three million listeners, New Life Live. Townsend earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University and master’s in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

To learn more about the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine, visit

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian four-year liberal arts university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and coaching/athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, <a data-cke-saved-href=">Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. The private university enrolls over 4,000 students annually and is in its final year of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Membership Process.

Editor's Note:

For an in-depth look at how the certificate programs and master’s degrees from the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling are designed for today’s leaders, counselors, coaches, and strategists contact Orith Farago (below) to arrange time with John Townsend.

Orith Farago
Communications Consultant
(714) 582-2300
[email protected]

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