Concordia University - Mequon, WI


Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin's main campus is located on 200 acres of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Concordia University
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097


Phone: 262-243-5700


Organization details

EIN: 390833608

CEO/President: Rev. Patrick T. Ferry

Chairman: Richard F. Laabs

Board size: 16


Year founded: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Concordia University's Core Values and Mission Statement express our enduring purpose and identity; our very reason for existence as a place of Lutheran Christian higher education. All of the Schools, programs and initiatives of the University are guided by shared fidelity to this central purpose.

Mission statement

Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. Our vision is to be well known nationally and internationally as a premier Lutheran Christian university, widely recognized for meaningful integration of faith and learning. Our alumni will assume significant servant leadership responsibilities in the Church and communities across the nation and around the world.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating402 of 76756 of 94
Fund acquisition rating659 of 76887 of 94
Resource allocation rating495 of 76862 of 94
Asset utilization rating36 of 7673 of 94

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,857,213$4,891,934$5,523,111$5,539,126$5,383,521
Short-term investments$0$55,759,548$47,494,367$49,653,358$49,003,287
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,554,496$67,952,683$60,386,713$62,341,899$61,929,566
Long-term investments$1,367,446$28,929,077$30,796,995$34,548,538$25,356,143
Fixed assets$159,997,980$163,311,109$165,488,784$147,105,074$143,410,756
Other long-term assets$1,876,951$2,188,399$2,138,163$2,177,117$4,367,295
Total long-term assets$163,242,377$194,428,585$198,423,942$183,830,729$173,134,194
Total assets$177,796,873$262,381,268$258,810,655$246,172,628$235,063,760
Payables and accrued expenses$4,854,289$3,673,860$7,420,091$6,763,647$6,012,631
Other current liabilities$3,085,039$3,218,244$3,168,269$3,002,418$2,618,574
Total current liabilities$7,939,328$6,892,104$10,588,360$9,766,065$8,631,205
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,553,934$3,877,612$4,055,877$3,510,699$6,925,791
Total long-term liabilities$36,522,815$37,896,159$40,061,638$34,521,152$40,729,187
Total liabilities$44,462,143$44,788,263$50,649,998$44,287,217$49,360,392
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$15,818,620$131,355,614$114,505,806$109,117,744$91,753,164
Permanently restricted$524,033$13,688,933$16,937,303$16,901,354$18,713,983
Net assets$133,334,730$217,593,005$208,160,657$201,885,411$185,703,368
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$902,677$1,269,056$1,399,316$1,972,064$1,269,577
Program service revenue$152,662,805$150,373,221$154,066,883$146,729,228$131,711,080
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$79,189$112,093$28,026$33,851$80,873
Other revenue$162,818$225,109$13,308$684,540$445,930
Total other revenue$152,904,812$150,710,423$154,108,217$147,447,619$132,237,883
Total revenue$153,807,489$151,979,479$155,507,533$149,419,683$133,507,460
Program services$130,091,456$125,125,401$124,025,205$116,647,986$106,754,906
Management and general$26,455,165$26,394,259$26,123,292$25,918,182$22,269,201
Total expenses$159,519,360$154,378,127$153,066,115$145,363,604$131,531,078
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($5,711,871)($2,398,648)$2,441,418$4,056,079$1,976,382
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($5,711,871)($2,398,648)$2,441,418$4,056,079$1,976,382


Allen ProchnowExec VP & COO$265,270
Dr Dean ArnesonDean of School of Pharmacy$226,954
Curt GielowCampus Chief Executive$225,684
Patrick T FerryPresident$218,055
Dr Ernie StremskiPharmacy Professor$205,213
Dr Linda SamuelDirector of OT Prog$203,488
Dr Michael BrownPharmacy Professor$201,736
Gretchen JamesonVice President$186,024
Thomas PhillipVice President$169,942
Kenneth GaschkAssistant to President$166,074
Roy PetersonVice President$123,432
William CarioSr. Vice President$114,491
Steve TaylorVice President$101,369

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2018

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Concordia University Wisconsin is known for its breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, and in fact, many students will say the campus' location played a big role in their decision to enroll. But a large percentage of Concordia alumni living today-and even a few current faculty-will recall making a very different commute to school.

That's because Concordia's original campus was located in downtown Milwaukee on 31st Street, between State and Highland Streets. From the school's inception in 1881 to 1983, students who attended CUW (then called Concordia College) did so in the city. The inaugural class of Concordians, which was comprised of 13 students, met in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. The next year, the 31st Street property was purchased to start Concordia's first permanent campus.

For the next approximately eight decades, Concordia College offered high school and the first two years of a liberal arts college program, providing classical, technical, and religious instruction for students who desired to prepare themselves for the ministry of the Lutheran Church. In 1978, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod authorized Concordia to become a four-year accredited college that would provide instruction in teacher education, nursing, medical assistant, social work, and engineering.

In a farsighted move in 1982, the LCMS purchased the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, Wisconsin, and the college was moved 15 minutes north of its original site.

On August 27, 1989, the Board of Regents approved the move to university status, and Concordia University Wisconsin became the first university among the 10-member Concordia University System.

In 2012, CUW entered into a strategic relationship with Concordia University in Ann Arbor. The university now consists of two residential campuses in Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, 8 centers located throughout Wisconsin, and online programs that reach students worldwide, with one president and governing body presiding over all.

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