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June 9, 2010

Pamela Jolicoeur, president of Concordia College, dies

Pamela M. Jolicoeur, president of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., died today (June 9) after suffering a stroke at her home early this morning, said Ron Offutt, chair of the college’s board of regents in an e-mail message.
     
Jolicoeur, 65, became president of the college in 2004. Jolicoeur took over for Paul Dovre, who was acting as interim president at the time.
     
Offutt, Fargo, N.D., shared this message today with the Concordia community: “It is with deep regret and profound sadness that I share the news that President Jolicoeur passed away this afternoon after suffering a stroke in her home early this morning. This is a devastating day for all of us in the Concordia community. Please keep Mike, Jessica and all of Pam’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Jolicoeur’s tenure at Concordia has had a tremendous impact on the school and the larger Fargo-Moorhead community, Roger Gilbertson, a former member of the Concordia College Board of Regents who headed the search committee that helped bring Jolicoeur to Moorhead, told the Fargo Forum.

Jolicoeur joined California Lutheran University in 1972 as a sociology professor and worked her way up the academic ladder. She served as chair of CLU’s sociology department from 1979 to 1983, assistant dean from 1981 to 1983 and associate dean from 1984 to 1992. She spent three years as vice president for academic affairs before being named CLU provost in 1996, the school’s No. 2 post.

In 2008, Jolicoeur was named chairwoman of the Minnesota Private College Council, Fund and Research Foundation, which represents 17 liberal arts colleges and universities in the state. It raises funds to support operating costs and need-based scholarships.

During her tenure at Concordia, the college began construction and completed the $32 million Knutson Campus Center, the most expansive and priciest construction project in the school’s history.

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