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LCMS - Dr. Thomas E. Cedel accepts call to Concordia, Austin, presidency

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Date Tue, 11 Jun 2002 14:52:21 -0700

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Board for Communication Services

LCMSNews -- No. 31
June 11, 2002

Dr. Thomas E. Cedel accepts call to Concordia, Austin, presidency

Dr.  Thomas E. Cedel of Ann Arbor, Mich., has accepted the call to be 
president of Concordia University at Austin (Texas). Since last year, he 
has been executive vice president and chief academic officer at Concordia 
University, Ann Arbor.

At Austin, he succeeds Dr. David Zersen, who retired last year.

Cedel joined the faculty at Concordia, Ann Arbor, in 1998 as dean of the 
School of Arts and Sciences before taking his current position there. For a 
year before that, he was with Litton-TASC, Inc., in Rosslyn, Va.

In 1997, Cedel retired after 26 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. 
Among posts he held during those years were senior analyst for USAF Issues 
for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. (1996-97; director 
of Future Concept Development, Washington (1995-96); vice commander of the 
35th Fighter Wing at Misawa, Japan (1993-95); deputy defense representative 
for the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (1991-93); squadron 
commander for the 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, 
S.C. (1987-90); and analyst and executive officer for the Assistant Chief 
of Staff, Studies and Analyses, Washington, D.C. (1984-87).

He earned both his bachelor's (1971) and doctor's (1979) degrees from the 
University of Pittsburgh.

Cedel says he plans to make the move to Austin by August.  He and his wife, 
Penny, have two children -- David, of Alexandria, Va., and Rebecca, of 


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