Board of Regents

Board Of Regents

The Board of Regents of Concordia College Alabama is the governing body of the institution as it is outlined in the 2010 Synodical Handbook 3.10.5 that, “Each college and university of the Synod, with its president and faculty, shall be governed by a board of regents, subject to general policies set by the Synod”.
Therefore, the purpose of the BOR on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is to see to it that the college (1) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost and (2) avoids unacceptable actions and situations. The board acknowledges that, the College is a not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of Alabama, operated by the Board of Regents.
The board will govern with an emphasis on: (1) outward vision rather than internal preoccupation, (2) encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, (3) strategic leadership more than administrative detail, (4) clear distinction of board and chief executive roles, (5) collective rather than individual decisions, (6) future rather than past or present, and (7) proactivity rather than reactivity.


1. The board will direct, control, and inspire the college through the careful establishment of broad written policies reflecting the board’s values and perspectives about ends to be achieved and means to be avoided. The board’s major policy focus will be on its intended Ends, not on the administrative or programmatic means of attaining those Ends.
2. The board will cultivate a sense of group responsibility. The board, not the staff, will be responsible for excellence in governing. The board will initiate policy, not merely react to staff initiatives. The board will use the expertise of individual members to enhance the ability of the board as a body rather than to substitute individual judgments for the board’s values.
3. The board will allow no officer, individual, or committee of the board to hinder or be an excuse for not fulfilling board commitments.
4. The board will enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence. Discipline will apply to matters such as attendance, preparation, policy-making principles, respect of roles, and ensuring continuance of governance capability.
5. Continual board development will include orientation of new board members in the board’s governance process and periodic board discussion of process improvement.
6. Minutes of regular board sessions are deemed public documents once they have been adopted by the board. Other board materials, including agendas and minutes of executive sessions of the board, are considered internal board documents and therefore confidential.
7. The board will monitor and discuss the board’s process and performance at each meeting. Self-monitoring will include comparison of board activity and discipline to policies in the Governance Process and Board-President Linkage categories.

Board Job Description

The job of the board is to represent The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in determining and demanding appropriate organizational performance and to serve as the governing board of the college as a non-profit corporation of the State of Alabama.
1. The board will maintain the link between The College and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
2. The board will meet its responsibilities as the governing body of an Alabama not for profit corporation.
3. The board will produce written governing policies that, at the broadest levels, address each category of organizational decision.
  1. Ends: Organizational products, effects, benefits, outcomes, recipients, and their relative worth (what good for which recipients at what cost).
  2. Executive Expectations: Requirements on executive authority that will establish the prudence and ethics framework within which all executive activity and decisions must take place.
  3. Governance Process: Specification of how the board conceives, carries out, and monitors its own task.
  4. Board-President Linkage: How power is delegated and its proper use monitored; the President role, authority, and accountability.
4. The board will produce assurance of presidential performance over against policies in 3a and 3b.

Board of Regents Profiles

Dr. Preuss joined the Board of Regents in September 2009. A native of Seward, NE, Preuss earned a Master’s in reading from Concordia-Nebraska and holds a doctorate in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction in 1980 from the University of Nebraska.

With experience in Lutheran higher education administration, Preuss said she “can share with Concordia-Alabama to assist the institution in moving forward.”


Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, Lloyd Probasco joined the Board of Regents in February 2008.

国产偷拍视频Probasco said he hopes he can use his experience in development and business to benefit the college.

“I have a desire to help God’s kingdom work grow, particularly within families in the southeastern part of our country, where many potential students come from impoverished families and need that chance to get a Christian college education,” Probasco said. “It is my hope and prayer that my experiences in the development and business field can be utilized for the benefit of His kingdom work through Concordia College Alabama.”

Joined in September 2010, lived in Milwaukee, WI since 1959. Received Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill in 1959, Master of Education in 1970 from Concordia-Chicago and holds a doctorate in education (Ed.D) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1985.

*After semi-retiring from 18 years of teacher education and higher education administration, Sohn said he was then interested to serve on the Board of Regents.

Sohn said his purpose for coming to Concordia Alabama is to help it progress and become more diverse.

国产偷拍视频“I had been hearing about Concordia Selma for many years but never had the chance to visit the school,” Sohn said. “I live and work in a racially-mixed community and want to see the Lutheran Church succeed in reaching out with the gospel in urban communities.


The Rev. Dr. Victor Belton’s roots hail from Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. Belton is currently the pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ga.

Belton received a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., and Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He also has an LLD from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y. (honorary).

Belton hopes to help Concordia College Alabama remember its rights and privileges within The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

“I would like Concordia Alabama staff and faculty to continually remember, appreciate and access the responsibilities and privileges they can enjoy as a result of being a member institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Concordia College University System [CUS] together, with nine colleges and universities,” Belton said.

A licensed clinical psychologist in Louisiana, Dr. Keith Wismar was appointed to the BOR in November 2012. Employed at Dillard University in New Orleans since 1979, Wismar is currently a full-time tenured professor and coordinator of the Psychology area within the department of Social Sciences. Having always taught psychology courses coupled with administrative duties in psychology, Wismar has also served as the co-dean of the Division of Education and Psychology during the post-Hurricane Katrina from 2006-2011.

Wismar said he has experience in creating the assessment of instructional goals focusing upon student learning outcomes tied to the educational goals of each major field of study.

国产偷拍视频Mr. Dennis Gorski joined the Board of Regents in May 2011. A native of Chicago, Gorski has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is a chartered financial consultant and certified life underwriter (under American College) series 7, 6, 63 and 65 from FINRA.

国产偷拍视频Gorski said he is inspired by CCA.

国产偷拍视频“I am inspired by the history of Concordia Alabama as the only Lutheran Historically Black College and their mission to provide a Christ-centered education in a place and time that desires and needs it,” Gorski said.

JamesJoined the Board in 2008; currently serves as an attorney.

Joined the BOR in 2009; serves as an attorney.

Mr. Rosser Edwards

James B. Marshall_Thumb国产偷拍视频Joined the Board in 2009; currently a retired pastor.

Joined the Board of Regents in September,2013 . A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. McDaniels has a degree in Spanish from the University at Nebraska at Omaha. She has worked in various positions, including teaching in Lutheran schools and is currently retired. She is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Greensboro, NC and public relations
director for the Carolinas District LWML. Janis said about her service as a
Regent for CCA.
“I am inspired by Concordia College Alabama’s vision of being a “diverse, global
institution of excellence, and a leader in developing intellectual, spiritual and moral leaders of Christ-centered justice.” “I desire to support the college in any way I can to make this vision a reality.

Roderick P. Olson joined the Board of Regents in June 2011. Olson currently lives in Gonzales, La., and is a member of St. James Lutheran Church (Southern District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod).  A 1976 graduate of Mankato State University in Mankato, Missouri, Olson has a bachelor’s in public administration with a minor in accounting.

Olson said he wants his skills in business to be a benefit to Concordia.

“My hope and prayer is that my business leadership skills can be a benefit to CCAL, but my real passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of the students, faculty and staff, by making Concordia a shining outpost of God’s love,” Olson said.

Mrs. Jane C. Wittlinger


国产偷拍视频Joined BOR in 2003, from Birmingham, Ala. Has a Master’s of Divinity; Schultz prides himself on a Ecclesiastical supervision with a “missional” heart.

Rev. Douglas Shamburger

Mr. Robert (Bob) J. Rauscher

Ms. Leevones Fisher