Concordia University Chicago announced today that Dr. Adam S. Francisco has been named Assistant Provost for Mission & Identity. He will play a key part in ensuring that the University continues to live out its mission faithfully.

His responsibilities will include recruiting qualified, mission-minded faculty and administrators, as well as leading employee development in regard to the intersection of faith and the academic enterprise. Next year, he will also become the founding Dean of the forthcoming College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, once that college has been formed. In that role, he will oversee the ongoing improvement of the University’s General Education curriculum, consistent with its commitment to Truth, Freedom and Vocation.

Francisco has served on the faculties of Concordia College New York, Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia University Irvine. He earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford and was the 2004-2005 Albin Salton Fellow at the University of London’s Warburg Institute. He has written and edited a number of books and scholarly articles in the field of early modern European and Ottoman history as well as more popular works on a variety of topics in Christian apologetics.

“Adam is a first-rate scholar who also has extensive experience helping others to understand the faith and how worldview interacts with academic disciplines,” says CUC President Dr. Russell Dawn. “His administrative experience, winsome approach to people and tireless pursuit of truth provide a unique blend that will serve this University and its people extremely well. Please join me in prayer for him and his family as they make the difficult transition halfway across the country.” Francisco and his wife Rachel have four children and will be moving to Chicago from San Juan Capistrano, CA, this summer.