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Dean of students at Concordia-Chicago named to Thrivent Fellows program


Concordia University Chicago announced that Jeff Hynes, dean of students and vice president for student life and intercollegiate athletics, was named to the Thrivent Fellows program. The rigorous 12-month executive fellowship was established to identify, encourage, develop and equip high-capacity leaders for leadership roles in Lutheran colleges and universities.

Candidates were selected based on their dedication to the mission and distinctiveness of Lutheran colleges, seminaries and universities, a strong record of service to these institutions, a clear potential for top-level leadership and on their vocational calls to lead these important organizations.

“I am truly thankful to have been accepted to this program, and grateful to my colleagues who supported me throughout the process,” said Hynes. “I look forward to building upon Concordia-Chicago’s legacy of strong faith, vision and innovation, and its mission of serving our students, the church and the world.”

Through intensive retreats, seminars and executive coaching, fellows will gain increased knowledge and understanding of Lutheran traditions and values, stronger awareness of their own leadership capacities, thorough knowledge of key management and financial issues in these complex enterprises, discernment of personal and professional goals that will equip them to fulfill their callings, a plan for professional growth, and an expanded network of relationships with other Lutheran higher education leaders.

The Thrivent Fellows program is sponsored by the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Congregational and Synodical Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.