Erik P. Ankerberg, Ph.D.


Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor

Dr. Erik P. Ankerberg was announced as the next President of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA) on November 16, 2022. Dr. Ankerberg previously served as Provost, Senior Vice President for Academics, and Chief Academic Officer at Concordia University Chicago in April of 2020. In this role, Dr. Ankerberg oversees all efforts related to teaching, learning, and student success at the university, including Academics (planning, programs, and assessment), College of Education, College of Business, College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, and the College of Health, Science & Technology, as well as the Center for Institutional Planning & Effectiveness, and all university centers and strategic partnerships. The Provost is also responsible for all areas related to student success, including advising, residence life, library, academic support, and student activities.

Dr. Ankerberg was also the lead author of the university’s strategic plan, Focusing Our Future 2020.

Dr. Ankerberg was previously Assistant Vice President for Academics at Concordia. He also served as Provost at Concordia University (Austin, Texas) and Assistant Provost and Director of the Honors Program at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He has also taught in the English department at Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Michigan).

With extensive experience in curriculum development, accreditation, and strategic planning, Dr. Ankerberg’s work has focused on formalizing the relationships among mission, academic programs, and student success initiatives across the university. He is also working on efforts related to creating new academic programs, re-invigorating current academic programs, improving retention, making the university more “transfer friendly,” and improving pathways for student completion.

He is a graduate of Marquette University with a doctorate in early modern British literature. He has a master’s degree in British and American literature from Marquette University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago.