Help us celebrate President Ferry’s 30 years at Concordia University

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Paul Naumann
Friend of Concordia

MEMORY: My claim to fame with Dr. Ferry is "I knew him when." I knew him when... * he first came onto the CUW faculty and shared a cubical with Randy Ferguson, while I had an office... read more.

Charles Schulz
Employee

MEMORY: We have been been so blessed to have Dr. Ferry, a man of the church, at the helm. As a leader, he understands the power and significance of words to set the tone and point the way... read more.

Lonnie Pries
Employee

APPRECIATION: President Ferry has been an awesome leader for Concordia and an even greater example of what it means to be humble, Christian man. Thank you for your dedication to your Lord and Savior... read more.

Rev. John Rathje
Employee

APPRECIATION: Thank you, President Ferry, for your courage to keep Jesus first as you have embodied His love, especially toward students through the years. Your devotion to God's mission through... read more.

Allan Buss [1986]
Alumni, CUW

APPRECIATION: God raises us up for His purposes and we can see that with you, Dr. Ferry. You were Called at just the right time and like a good leader you surrounded yourself with the right people.... read more.

Sarah Thurmond
Employee
Sarah's Tribute

MEMORY: My favorite memory was when my husband Jeremy got you to sing karaoke at the Christmas party, I am told that was the first time you got up to sing (and the last, too). Also, I got to... read more.

APPRECIATION: Dr. Ferry, It has been a true pleasure getting to know you and your family. I am thankful for your pastoral heart and focus on our students. Wishing you abundant blessings!

Peter Hoft [1996]
Alumni, CUW

APPRECIATION: Dr. Ferry was one of my favorite profs at CUW. He made church history come to life in the classroom and he always kept my attention when he preached in chapel. I also enjoyed seeing him... read more.

Mark Baden
Employee, CUW

APPRECIATION: CUW has been blessed to have you. Your enthusiasm for the students, faculty, and staff is inspiring. Look at how much growth has happened under your tenure. Your biggest mistake may be... read more.

Dr. James Pingel
Employee, CUW

MEMORY: President Ferry will soon be giving his "last lecture," but I was there for his first lecture at CUW. When he was just a candidate for the Office of the Presidency, he came... read more.

APPRECIATION: There are so many things to thank you for Dr. Ferry, but in particular I want to thank you for your support of Lutheran schools and reminding us constantly about the importance of... read more.

Dr. Liz Paly [2007]
Employee, CUW

APPRECIATION: Dear Dr. Ferry, I have been part of the Concordia University family for the past 17 years beginning with my return to school to achieve my Transitional Doctoral Physical Therapy Degree... read more.

Dwayne Lueck [1971, 1973]
Alumni, CUW

APPRECIATION: This comes from one sports enthusiast to another. I appreciate the fact that we may not be celebrating your wonderful achievement and servanthood as president of CUW, if it were not for... read more.

Jameson (Jamie) Hardy [1996]
Alumni, CUW

MEMORY: One cold wintry night, Dr. Ferry took me and one of my friends to Madison Wisconsin to see a debate, Jesus Christ Historical or Mythical, with Dr. Paul Meier. This experience was a life... read more.

John Stollenwerk
Friend of Concordia, CUW

APPRECIATION: Pat, you are leaving a legacy which you built further from others to be enhanced by the next generations of leadership at Concordia. I feel so much a part of Concordia due to you and... read more.

Dick Laabs
Friend of Concordia, CUW

MEMORY: When Pat first arrived at Concordia, he was under consideration as a pulpit assistant at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls. As president of the congregation at the time, I... read more.

APPRECIATION: I am forever grateful to Pat for his support of the mission and ministry of LUMIN Schools. In its early years, before LUMIN Schools established its own management infrastructure, Pat... read more.

Terry Donovan [1965]
Alumni, CUW

MEMORY: Sandee and I first met Pat over 20 years ago. He was traveling to Atlanta for a youth conference and called to see if we could meet. We met at the Canoe Restaurant on the banks of the... read more.

Dwayne Jobst
Friend of Concordia, CUW

MEMORY: I always enjoyed Dr. Ferry's chapels at the Lutheran High Schools. Not surprisingly his message to the students would have some type of sports theme. He was not afraid to share his... read more.

Sandy Vick
Employee, CUW

MEMORY: One memorable event happened in 2004. Dr. Ferry announced on April’s Fool’s Day that year the graduation commencement speaker. In his email, he assured us that this was not... read more.

APPRECIATION: I was part of the Advancement staff from 1987 to 2019 and experienced firsthand the presidency of Dr. Ferry. His accomplishments and legacy will be noticed for many years to come. ... read more.

Beckie Kruse [1996]
Employee, CUW

MEMORY: Before he was President, Rev. Dr. Ferry was an engaging, well-loved member of the faculty. Spring of 1994 highlighted this talented man in a cameo appearance in the Spring musical,... read more.

Mark Polzin [1963]
Alumni, CUW

MEMORY: My first meeting with Pat was at a lunch with Ron Meyer, Duane Hilgendorf, and Pat, where we were discussing a role for me on either the Board of Regents or the Foundation board. I had... read more.

APPRECIATION: My major thought about Pat is his enthusiasm consistent with the University's mission and its commitment to excellence. Without this enthusiasm, the ability to get his audience... read more.

Rev. Tom Eggebrecht [1986]
Alumni, CUW

MEMORY: One of my favorite memories with Pat was standing out on the front lawn of his home in Milwaukee the day he received the news that he had been elected as CUW president. I remember the... read more.

APPRECIATION: President Ferry has been a mentor and friend for 24 years, since I became his pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He was gracious enough to agree to assist with... read more.

Rev. Scott Kruse [1996]
Alumni, CUW
Scott's Tribute

MEMORY: My favorite memory is of President Patrick Ferry preaching one final time at St. Paul in Grafton on St. Patrick's Day of 2021. There our congregation was able to surprise him with... read more.

APPRECIATION: Thank you President Ferry for being my History of Christianity teacher while I was a student at CUW. In addition, it has been an honor to partner alongside of you, together with St.... read more.

Michelle Wagner
Employee, CUW
Michelle's Tribute

APPRECIATION: Since I began working at Concordia Wisconsin in alumni relations, I have had the pleasure of being more involved with President Ferry and getting to know him better. Not only is he a... read more.

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