Michael Thomas, Ph.D.
President, Concordia University Irvine
Dr. Michael A. Thomas, the President of Concordia University Irvine, has served at CUI since 2020. Dr. Thomas brings a passion for higher education to his tenure. His deep commitment to the Lutheran intellectual tradition, along with his extensive experience across multiple disciplines, including curriculum, faculty and staff development, governance, enrollment, and student life, have prepared him to lead Concordia into a new era.
Prior to coming to Concordia University Irvine, Dr. Thomas served as the Executive Director of the Lutheran Institute for Theology and Culture at Concordia University Portland (CUP). The Institute combined three academic departments (Religion, Music, and Art) with Campus Ministry, Church Relations, and the Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Honors Program at CUP. As Professor of Religion and Ancient History, his academic interests include the history and literature of early Christianity, early Judaism, and the classical worlds of Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Near East. Dr. Thomas frequently leads tours of Italy, Greece, and Turkey with travelers in the summer.
Michael A. Thomas earned his B.A. at Concordia University Portland in 1993, his M.A. at the University of Washington in 1996, and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2008. View Curriculum Vitae.
Dr. Thomas and his wife Kim have 2 children. A son who finished his degree and is starting a career in Japan this summer. Along with a daughter who just completed high school in Oregon and is now adjusting to Southern California life style.