The Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee Gard serves as the eleventh president of Concordia University Chicago since its founding in Addison, Illinois in 1864.
Gard previously served as Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of the Military Chaplaincy Programs at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, where he had taught since 1989.
Nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2013, Gard serves as Rear Admiral (Lower Half) and only months ago was nominated for and appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters in the U.S. Navy. In these roles, Gard is responsible for overseeing military chaplain operations in Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Reserve units around the world.
Ordained by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in 1984, Gard previously has served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mishawaka, IN. He also has held several administrative positions at the Seminary including Dean of the Graduate School, and is an accomplished author and speaker. His experiences are broad and range from ministering to civilian and military personnel to teaching Hebrew to future LCMS pastors, and from comforting grieving families on 9/11 to providing spiritual guidance to his parishioners.
During his time in the military, Gard notably served during the 9/11 Pentagon recovery operations in Washington, DC during Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In addition to his various military awards, Gard received the St. Martin of Tours Award in 2008 from the former LCMS Board for Mission Services, for his exceptionally meritorious service.
Gard was awarded his B.A. in history from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. He earned both his M.A. in Hebrew Bible and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Judaica with minors in New Testament and Liturgics from the University of Notre Dame.
He and his wife Annette Kay Scheumann Gard have three children: Caleb, Rachel and Hannah, a recent graduate of Concordia-Chicago.
The University celebrates more than 150 years of prominence in higher education, honoring a rich history as a Christian university of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We move forward on this foundation with Rev. Dr. Gard's leadership.
Watch the Academic Convocation and Inauguration Ceremony of: Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard as the eleventh president of the University.