Communication in the "Called" Community


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Dr. Marilyn Reineck, Professor Emerita of Communications and former Vice President of Academic Affairs, began her teaching career at Concordia University St. Paul in 1980. A distinguished professor and scholar, she became department chair in 1995. Widely regarded as the epitome of servant leadership, Dr. Reineck was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009, a position she held until, in 2011, Concordia University Chicago called her to be their Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this role she earned the respect and admiration of administration and faculty alike. Dr. Reineck returned to St. Paul as Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2015. She oversaw the updating of the faculty handbook and its tenure and advancement in rank policies, implemented a program review process, and was instrumental in Concordia receiving full accreditation from all its accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Reineck also helped expand degree offerings, CSP’s college structure, and its graduate and continuing studies schools. She has also provided leadership for professional development for faculty staff in examining their vocational callings. After spending a semester as Special Assistant to the Provost, Marilyn retired in the spring of 2021. Her accessibility, humility, integrity and empathy have made her a much-admired leader in university and synodical circles.

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