▶️ Local Concordia University alumni lament Lutheran school’s closure


While getting his MBA at Concordia University in 2010, Eric Magidson studied abroad in China and took classes in a brand-new academic building.

Now he’s a professor at COCC.

“As an alum, any time I get the opportunity, I would say, if you’re going to go for a masters, this is a really good program,” Magidson said. 

His positive experience made the news that the school will be shutting its doors this spring disappointing.

“I’m really surprised that they’re not going to keep the campus open,” he said.  

The Portland-based university announced Monday it will cease operations in April, because of “mounting financial challenges and a challenging and changing educational landscape.”

The school currently has around 5,000 students and offers 15 undergraduate degrees, along with graduate and law degrees.

“Anytime you invest two years into an education…I mean as an educator I’m even more distressed by it,” Magidson said. 

The school is known for having a strong education program…which attracted Lynn Murray to their master’s of education program in 2011.

“It’s disappointing. It’s sad because it was a really good program, and that other people can’t gain from it is disappointing,” Murray said.  

Murray loved the teachers and appreciated the option to get her master’s online. The skills she learned there inform her work as a professor at COCC.

“I gained a lot of information there that I still learn today,” she said. 

Even with the shut-down, Magidson and Murry will continue to value their time at their alma mater.

“With the history of Concordia, I think their legacy will be standing for quite some time.” 

“Did it minimize my degree? No, Concordia has always had a reputation for turning out wonderful students.” 



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