The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Concordia president dies

Pamela M. Jolicoeur, president of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., died June 9 in Fargo, N.D., after suffering a stroke at her home.

In a written message to Concordia's community, Ron Offutt, chair of the school's board of regents, called it "a devastating day for all of us." He asked for prayers for Jolicoeur's family, including her husband, Michael A. Doyle, and adult daughter, Jessica.

Pamela Jolicoeur, 1944-2010
Pamela Jolicoeur, 1944-2010
Jolicoeur, 65, became the college's first female president in 2004. She previously served as provost and dean of the faculty at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. A former Roman Catholic nun, she began her 32-year career at CLU as a sociology professor. She had a master's degree and a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

During her tenure at Concordia, she helped the school complete a $100 million capital campaign that included the $32 million Knutson Campus Center.

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