Dr. Donald Christian is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Concordia University Texas. He became Concordia's 9th executive leader on August 1, 2014 following selection by the Board of Regents. Today, he serves as the academic, spiritual and business head of Concordia, a role for which he is well prepared following a life of service to the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in many and various roles.
Dr. Christian has an earned doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix (2007) where his research focused on the correlation of interagency collaboration efforts and leadership skills among school leaders. He was called to Concordia University Texas in August of 2005 to serve as the Dean of the College of Business, a position he held for nine years. During those years the College of Business grew from 100 students to a little over 800 students, added The Concordia MBA to its list of programs, successfully incorporated the state-wide Accelerated Degree Programs into the College, and oversaw the creation of a Speaker Series which brings well-known community leaders to campus each month. In addition to his work in the College, Christian also built and oversaw a university-wide required leadership course and became known for his fundraising abilities to support innovative programs within the College.
Prior to his time at Concordia, Dr. Christian served as the head of school for Lutheran High North, a 9-12 private school in Houston (2001-2005) and as the Minister of Young Adults at a large urban Lutheran church in downtown Houston (1990-1997). His early career was in the area of conducting, having been a high school band director and earning a Masters in Music and Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1986. His undergraduate work was done at Concordia University Chicago where he received a degree in music education in 1981.
Committed to a thriving community, Christian serves on the boards of Austin ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition), Lutheran Summer Music Program, and is a past board member and chair of LINC-Houston. Dr. Christian writes a weekly blog on leadership (Thinking About Leadership) and is often invited to speak on the topic, including recent engagements with Texas Health and Human Services Commission Leadership Development Program, Wheat Ridge Ministries Leadership Circle, and as a regular panelist at SXSW Interactive.
Don and his wife Deborah have been married for 32 years, spending nearly all of those years together in service to the church and Lutheran education. They enjoy reading, spending time with friends, and traveling to Maine each summer.