Rev. Dr. David Kluth has broad administrative and management experience within The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the Concordia University System and higher education. After graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, he served in parish ministry for 14 years in the Minnesota South District. In addition to being a senior pastor in a large congregation in the Twin Cities, he chaired the District Communications Committee for a decade and was editor of the District’s monthly magazine. While in Minnesota he started a Lutheran elementary school, several early childhood programs and was instrumental in establishing Martin Luther High School in Northrop.
On a national level, Dr. Kluth served 11 years on the Board for Communication Services for The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, chairing the group for 3 years. He also was part of the team that founded the Concordia University Education Network (CUEnet) which was designed to share electronic resources between colleges and high schools within the LCMS. As part of that effort he directed a live satellite program on Dish Network for healthcare professionals.
Dr. Kluth came to Concordia University Texas in 1990 to help develop the school’s television program and broadcast efforts. He taught media law, communication technology and video production. He became vice president for University Services in 1996 and was responsible for Concordia’s computer system (academic and administrative), facilities management, campus police, website and scheduling and events. In 2005 he was asked to head the school’s relocation effort which led to Concordia moving from its original downtown campus to a new campus built in northwest Austin. So far it was the largest capital project in LCMS history and was completed on time in 2008 and under budget. He joined the Concordia Portland faculty in the summer of 2013 in the role of Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and currently services as interim director of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Center (SARC).
Professor Kluth is married. His wife Carol is director/principal at Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Beaverton, OR. David and Carol have two children. Their son Adam is married and teaches at a Lutheran school in Houston. Their daughter Amanda lives in Austin and works in the service industry. He is an avid woodworker and enjoys traveling, photography, camping, hiking, skiing, scuba diving and occasional sky diving. He has also driven a NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway.