Heather Vezner named new Dean for the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine

Thursday, March 24, 2022

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Heather Vezner, a lifelong teacher and leader in education, is the newly-appointed dean of Concordia University Irvine (CUI) School of Education (SOE). She succeeds Kent Schlichtemeier, who is now the director of the new Servant Leadership Institute, which works in close partnership with the SOE.

Vezner was a primary leader in preparation for CUI’s site visit critical to the California Teacher Credential process.

“It was hugely successful and showed a lot about why she needs to be in a position of leadership like she is in now,” Tim Schumacher, assistant professor of educational technology and chair of the search committee.

Provost Scott Ashmon says he is “thrilled that Professor Heather Vezner accepted the call to be the Dean of the School of Education. God has abundantly blessed us. Professor Vezner brings great experience, knowledge, devotion, drive, and a love for education—public, private, and parochial—to this position.”

Vezner planned to be a teacher from a very young age, earning her degree in elementary education at CU Chicago and working in the college’s early childhood center and laboratory school.

A series of administrative roles offered “new opportunities to try different things and see where God was leading me.” In that journey came the discovery that Vezner enjoys administration.

“As much as I loved my years of teaching, I really enjoy the organization that’s needed in administration, the vision you have to develop, bringing people around that vision,” she says. “I love seeing people’s talents and skill sets and thinking how we can use them to serve students.”

Concordia University Irvine is a silver-level Leaders Circle partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.


Concordia University Irvine is a non-profit Christian liberal arts university governed by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Preparing students for their vocations—their callings in life—Concordia offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs through its six schools—Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Christ College, Education, Health & Human Sciences, and the Townsend Institute. Nationally, its undergraduate core curriculum program, Enduring Questions & Ideas, has earned public recognition. Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest-growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The only NCAA DII university in Orange County, Concordia enrolls about 4,000 students annually and is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

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