CSP Extends Leadership Roles for Several Senior Leaders

Concordia University, St. Paul is pleased to announce expanded roles for several proven members of our faculty and administration. These new roles and promotions directly support CSP’s commitment to delivering focused, career-relevant academic programming for our students and supporting long-term growth plans for the university. 

Each individual listed below has shown exceptional talent and leadership in their roles to help make CSP the great university that it is today. The following new roles take effect January 3, 2022. CSP’s leadership team will provide support to help ensure seamless transitions as certain functions will be better aligned within the organization. 

Dr. Katie Fischer is being elevated to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Program Development.
Katie has been with CSP for more than 11 years, serving most recently as the Dean of the College of Health and Science. In her new role as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Strategic Program Development, Katie will apply her strategic management skills for an even greater impact on the trajectory of CSP, specifically for the nursing and health sciences programming that is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
With a strong track record of advancing the health sciences-related academic programs, Katie will also serve a critical role in supporting academic program development across CSP. She will collaborate with all stakeholders to advance the academic mission of the university. 

Dr. Mark Koschmann is being elevated to Associate Vice President of Faith and Ministry.
Mark takes on this expanded role, which builds on his leadership at CSP over the past 6 ½ years. Most recently serving as the Chair of the Theology and Ministry department, Mark will provide his expert leadership and support for campus programs that support CSP’s Lutheran identity. Responsibilities will also include serving as a key resource for the entire CSP community while supporting recruitment and retention of LCMS students, leading the Department of Theology and MinistryMInistry, and working with the university pastor to support campus ministry and clubs.
Mark will also continue to represent CSP at important off-campus, church-related events, and foster relationships with churches and schools to continue to build essential relationships with various LCMS constituencies. 

Dr. Sara Kellogg is being elevated to Associate Vice President of Continuing Studies and Strategic Partnerships.
This expanded role for Sara is a natural extension of her 15 years as an emerging leader in the organization, with her most recent role being Director of Continuing Studies and Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Education (K-6) Licensure. Sara will lead efforts to develop strategic opportunities related to workforce education, continuing education, and cutting-edge credential and certifications to help advance career value for current students, alumni, and our industry partners.
Sara will collaborate with internal and external groups to identify new offerings CSP can bring to market to drive even greater value from a degree and certifications from Concordia. This will include leading collaborative teams to develop new course offerings and partnerships. 

Jason Rahn is being elevated to Associate Vice President for Student Life and Retention. In this role, Jason will expand on his current role focusing on all aspects of student life at CSP along with student retention. As Associate Vice President, Jason will also work closely with all on-campus groups and external organizations to foster exceptional student experiences at CSP. He will also establish a long-term retention plan to help ensure students stay with CSP through the completion of their degree programs – and potentially beyond.
In addition, Jason will work closely with CSP’s Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX team, behavioral intervention teams, the crisis response team, and CSP’s senior administration to advocate for the needs of students in all aspects of their CSP experience. Jason has been instrumental in cultivating great experiences for CSP students over his 26+ years with the university. 

Milissa Orchard’s role is elevating to Associate Vice President of Accreditation and Assessment.
Milissa’s role is a natural extension offrom her current role as Associate VP of Human Resources. In this new role, Milissa will be responsible for CSP’s ongoing accreditation and compliance relating to all federal, state, and local requirements. This essential role is pivotal as CSP continues to focus on career-relevant academic programming that aligns well with the needs of businesses and organizations for the coming years. She will work collaboratively with all academic departments to help ensure program accreditation, which is foundational for the continued delivery of high-value high value degree options for students across disciplines.
Milissa has fostered essential strong relationships within CSP during her time with the university, and she will continue to do the same with the regulatory agencies and program accreditors in this new role. She will also facilitate reporting all programmatic accreditation standards and annual program reviews. 

Kristin Vogel’s role is expanding as the Director of Enrollment Systems and Operations.
With 18 years at CSP, Kristin has established an important presence in enrollment management. As Director of Enrollment Systems and Operations, Kristin will focus on planning, managing, and executing strategies specific to enrollment operations. This will include overseeing the enrollment operations team members, CRM administration (SLATE), communication, and marketing to support CSP’s assertive enrollment goals.
Kristin’s ability to collaborate, drive solutions through data-informed decisions will continue to help improve the entire experience for students from enrollment to acceptance to embarking on successful academic careers at CSP.

Organizational Overview

Each one of these new appointments will result in some re-alignment in the overall structure of CSP. You can view a revised org chart HERE.

The expanded roles for these CSP leaders will also lead to some adjustments to the executive leadership and strategic planning teams. The executive leadership team to the President will include all vice presidents, the Chief Diversity Officer, and the Associate Vice President of Faith and Ministry. The strategic planning team consists of a broader team, including the president, all vice presidents, deans of schools, the Faculty Senate Chair – along with the Associate Vice Presidents of Continuing Studies, Faith and Ministry, and Accreditation and Assessment. This team will also include representatives from CSP service areas, including the library, technology, athletics, and facilities department.

“These new roles for proven leaders at CSP will better tap their unique skills to directly support the needs of our students, which will ultimately support the university’s strategic growth goals,” noted Dr. Eric LaMott, Provost and COO for CSP. “The university has a solid plan in place to grow CSP across most areas of academic programming, with particularly significant growth opportunities in non-traditional, and graduate studies programs. The value we provide, whether online or in-person, is paramount. This new alignment of leadership and skills will further help propel our students and university forward in competitive and innovative ways.” 



Booster Shot Vaccine clinic coming to campus & other important reminders

Campus officials are pleased to announce that Hy-Vee will return to Concordia for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot clinic on Monday, December 13 in the Buenger Education Center (BEC). Hy-Vee has reserved 150 booster shot doses (Pfizer) for campus appointments.


  • When: Monday, December 13, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Buenger Education Center (BEC) on campus
  • What: Vaccine Booster shot for COVID-19 (Pfizer)

Who: All students & employees who have had their second shot of Moderna/Pfizer before 6/14/21 or the Johnson & Johnson single shot before 6/14/21

REGISTRATION: HyVee Registration


With a cooperative effort to COVID-19 campus policy and a high vaccination rate, Concordia has maintained a low active COVID-19 positive case count throughout the fall semester. From the start of the semester (9/1/21) through December 6, 2021, Concordia had 68 cumulative COVID-19 positive cases (employees & students), roughly half from the same time frame in the 2020 fall term.

Further, active case counts have consistently remained in the single digits and have not surpassed 15 on any single day whereas last year, campus had reported numerous active totals in the 20 to 30 range.

Students and employees should continue to follow the campus guidance as we look to stay ahead of the national, state, local and higher education trends:

  • Masking: unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask at all times indoors in shared campus spaces, exceptions are non-shared office spaces and dorm rooms. Vaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged to mask indoors in public common spaces, as well.

  • Vaccination: Concordia encourages its students and employees to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. More information about how to get a vaccination appointment is located HERE

  • Free COVID-19 Testing: The MDH offers free COVID-19 testing at numerous sites around the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Tests are convenient and typically yield results in 1-to-2 days, ahead of their published time frame. More information about COVID-19 testing click HERE

  • COVID-19 Reporting Form: Students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual or who are taking a COVID-19 test should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form so the CSP Contact Tracing Team can assist students & their instructors on a safe and efficient quarantine timeline. Link to the COVID-19 Reporting Form

Updates to plan coverage of COVID-19 related testing, treatment and telehealth services

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Concordia Plans made changes to the way the Concordia Health Plan covered testing and treatment of COVID-19 and telehealth services for any illness in 2020 to support workers and their families during these challenging times. Specifically, diagnostic services, treatment of COVID-19, and telehealth services were provided free to members, even those with a high deductible health plan. These changes were made possible by legislation passed in the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, and further clarified in the CARES act, which permitted this coverage without violating health saving account regulations. Due to the proliferation of vaccinations and treatments, along with the reopening of our communities and access to health care, the CHP will revert to normal cost share for COVID-19 treatment and telehealth services effective Jan. 1, 2022.

What’s changing

  • Treatment of COVID-19. If you’re diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, treatment provided in-network is a covered service that will be subject to regular cost-sharing and deductibles.
  • Telehealth. All telehealth services offered through each of the CHP options will be subject to regular cost-sharing and deductible. Cost share varies by vendor but generally all services will incur a fee. Please visit our website for costs specific to each service.

What’s not changing

  • COVID-19 vaccinations. The cost of the COVID-19 vaccine will be covered at 100%. The member will not incur any expense. This includes booster vaccines, if your medical provider deems this clinically appropriate.
  • Testing for COVID-19. Testing is covered 100% through members’ CHP benefits when testing is medically necessary (when members are referred by a medical professional, have been exposed to someone or are having symptoms). Note: the ability to provide this diagnostic testing without member cost share will terminate when the National Public Health Emergency periods ends. This is set to terminate on Jan. 16 but could be extended. CPS will update our website if these changes go into effect.

We will update the Concordia Plans website to reflect any changes as they become known. You may want to bookmark this page to check back for current coverage as you need it.

Thanksgiving Letter From President Friedrich

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish it was possible to be with you in person today as we celebrate Thanksgiving together as CSP faculty and staff.

However, I give thanks for all of you and the work you do to prepare our students for “thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.” What we do here at Concordia is a team effort where everyone is a significant contributor to our collective successes.

Our theme verse from Psalm 23, “He restores my soul,” is serving our community well this academic year. I pray that each of you have a personal sense of how God is restoring you individually, just as He collectively restores our community in service of our students, our community, and our world. 

Each of you has had your own personal and professional challenges as we’ve navigated the past 18 months. Yet, despite what seems like constant pivots and disruptions, you’ve led and served our students graciously and thoughtfully. I commend you for your good work and want you to know that our board, executive leadership team, and I see, appreciate, and commend your hard work and diligent efforts.

Laurie and I were grateful to meet and get to know many of you better at the social hours we hosted this fall at the President’s Residence and through other in-person events. God has blessed Concordia with people who are both professionally gifted and talented and personally caring and engaging. You are our greatest resource, and God has blessed CSP and most importantly, our students, through you.

Last week, you may have seen a summary of the Great Colleges to Work For survey results in the CSP Digest. I appreciate each one of you who responded to the survey. Thank you for your constructive, honest, and thoughtful feedback. Your responses detailed many of the things we do well here, like clarity of roles and responsibilities, how well we collaborate and work together, and how well managers and department chairs support and lead their teams.

At the same time, you identified areas in which we can improve, including communication, appreciation, transparency in governance, and decision-making. We take your feedback seriously, and, working together with you, will use it to continue leveraging our strengths and improving our growth areas. We are committed to making CSP a great university at which to work.

Finally, for those who work in St. Paul, please make plans to join Laurie and me for the President’s Christmas Reception on Friday, December 10 at 5 pm. For our colleagues in Portland, we are working on an event in conjunction with commencement. It will be wonderful to celebrate Jesus, the one who restores our souls, as we conclude a successful semester together. More details on both events to come soon. 

I thank God for each one of you, and pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Much joy,

Brian L. Friedrich


Fire Near CSP Campus Saturday Aug. 21


Many blessings on this day the Lord has made. I pray your rest and worship have refreshed you this weekend.

Saturday night, as some of you may be aware, a three-alarm fire occurred just north of the Selby Avenue bridge immediately west of our Kohler Building (west of the baseball field. The blaze totally destroyed the building to our west. It was used as a storage facility for tires and a host of other items. The Kohler building was spare complete destruction. However, two new vehicles used by our Sodexo partners were destroyed as were some of the other contents. We do not yet have a full estimate of the damage. The Kohler building has been used by CSP for decades as the location of our building department’s shop.

The Fire Marshall has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and our assessment and clean-up efforts begin in earnest tomorrow. We are grateful for the tremendous work done by St. Paul Fire and Rescue and Police Departments to battle the blaze, secure the area and divert onlookers from the fire. The blaze began about 6:00 pm last night. The crews worked through the night and Sunday morning one of the fire department “towers” was still pouring water onto the burn site. Saturday night there were 5 towers battling the blaze at one point. Overall there were 16 fire crews and a total of 86 emergency service personnel on-site.

The property destroyed is one that we have worked to acquire over the years without success. Perhaps the owner will now be more open to selling the property to us. Because it is adjacent to both the baseball and softball complex and Parking Lot D it would be an ideal location to acquire and would provide several options for expansion to the southwest side of the campus.

As additional information is available, I will communicate it with you. Our Critical Incident and Sodexo teams did a great job supporting the work of the fire department. Our RAs, who are on campus for training, also did an excellent job of helping to secure the area and to bring water to the firefighters.

God is so good and continues to bless CSP abundantly. His Guardian Angels attended many last evening.

God’s peace be with you,


Fox story HERE