Dr. Pamela M. Jolicoeur, the 10th president of Concordia College, died this afternoon (June 9, 2010) after suffering a stroke earlier this morning. She was 65.
"This is a devastating day for all of us in the Concordia community," said Board of Regents Chair Ron Offutt. "President Jolicoeur provided remarkable leadership for Concordia. Her relentless commitment to excellence has positioned the college for a promising future. Certainly her many contributions to the college and all of higher education will long be remembered. We will miss her dearly."
Jolicoeur assumed the presidency of Concordia College in July 2004 following a 32-year career at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.
She helped to complete a $100 million capital campaign, which included the construction of the Knutson Campus Center. She established the vision for new initiatives in the sciences and the Concordia College School of Business, while enhancing Concordia's leadership in global education.
"As we enter this time of mourning, we cherish her memory and the impact she has had on Concordia College," said Dr. Mark Krejci, provost and dean of the college. "She was a visionary leader whose warmth and generous spirit was a joy to be around."
Jolicoeur was one of a select group of American college presidents invited by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to participate in a summit on international education. She also was one of 30 college leaders who participated in an international conference that looked for ways to strengthen exchanges between American and Muslim majority colleges and universities.
She presented at the Center for Health, Population and Development Seminar at the Independent University, Bangladesh, and met with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the Grameen Bank Headquarters in Dhaka. She was instrumental in establishing a student exchange program with the United International College in Zhuhai, China, through the Minnesota Private College Council.
Jolicoeur earned her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and her doctorate degree in sociology from Purdue University. At CLU she served as Provost and Dean of the Faculty from 1996 to 2004. She was a member of the sociology faculty from 1972 to 1993 and served as vice president for academic affairs from 1993-1996.
She served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Private College Council, Minnesota Public Radio? American Public Media, the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Arrangements for a memorial service are still pending.
A scholarship is being established in the memory of President Pamela M. Jolicoeur through the Concordia Advancement Office. For more information, contact (218) 299-3454 or (800) 699-9020.