By Janet Goetze
For the Star News
Charles Schlimpert has announced he will retire as president of Concordia University on July 1 after 34 years at the institution affiliated with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.
An interim president is expected to be named in May for the university at 2800 N.E. Holman St. The university board of regents set a goal to name a new president by July 1, 2018, Schlimpert said.
“While we knew it had to happen some day, it was still a difficult decision,” he said in a letter released by the university. “Patti and I love this place which god has entrusted to our leadership and we will miss it dearly.”
Concordia has about 1,300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students plus 5,200 online and off-site, including a school of law in Boise, Idaho, which graduated its first class of students in 2015.