Chris Kimball, Ph.D., Named CLU’s Seventh President

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Kimball, Ph.D., as CLU’s seventh President and Chief Executive Officer. The executive committee of the Board of Regents approved the selection of Kimball on March 6, and he began his official duties on April 1. The selection was the culmination of diligent work by a 12-member presidential search committee chaired by regent Karen [Bornemann ’70] Spies.

Kimball joined the CLU administrative team as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2006, after serving as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He had served on the faculty and held a variety of administrative positions at that Lutheran university since 1991.

A widely published author and speaker on academic affairs, Kimball’s scholarly work is in the field of American history, specializing in social history and the history of sport. During his tenure at CLU, he has also been a member of the History Department faculty, working with both undergraduate and graduate students.

An alumnus of McGill University, Kimball received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Well known in academic circles and in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America college and university network, he has a keen understanding of Lutheran higher education.

Kimball’s distinguished career as a leader and scholar and his commitment to the distinctive mission and academic excellence of CLU uniquely qualify him for the tasks ahead. He brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the presidency as the architect of the University’s newly approved Strategic Plan and its seven ambitious goals related to attracting and retaining a high-quality faculty, staff and student body – undergraduate and graduate; generating resources; investing in facilities; and articulating the identity and enhancing the reputation of the University.

As Thousand Oaks residents and members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kimball, his wife, Liz, and their two children, Rachel and Glenn, are extremely active in the community.
The selection of Kimball as the seventh president is an important step for CLU given the progress that the University is making as we approach our second half century. As the embodiment of academic excellence and integrity and as a man of action, his leadership will be crucial to CLU’s continued success as he works with an impressive blend of talents already present in the CLU faculty, administration and staff.

Dr. Howie Wennes has done an outstanding job serving a second term as Interim President. We have also been fortunate to have a very strong and dedicated faculty and administrative team to provide support and guidance to Dr. Wennes and to the Board of Regents during this time.


William J. Kane
Chair, Board of Regents

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