American Historian Becomes New Provost
Christopher Kimball, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Christopher Kimball, Ph.D., is the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran University.
Kimball was most recently Provost and Dean of the College at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., where he has served on the faculty and held a variety of administrative positions since 1991. He began his official duties at CLU on June 1.
"Dr. Kimball's distinguished career as a teacher and scholar, his proven abilities as an academic leader and administrator, and his commitment to the distinctive mission and excellence of Lutheran higher education qualify him uniquely for the tasks ahead," said the Rev. Dr. Howard Wennes, who served as interim president of CLU.
An author and speaker on academic affairs, Dr. Kimball's scholarly work is in the field of American history, specializing in urban history and the history of sport, especially baseball. He joins the History Department at CLU.
An alumnus of McGill University, Kimball received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Well known in academic circles and in the ELCA college and university network, he brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment to CLU as the University develops its new strategic plan and makes an important transition into its second half century, Wennes pointed out.
"California Lutheran's vision and mission are what attracted me, "said the new provost. "The strategic plan clearly commits the institution to academic excellence and articulates the most powerful elements of the Lutheran higher education." Kimball added. "CLU promises those that come here that they will 'experience success.' I look forward to being part of the experience."
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