Inauguration of Chris Kimball
Chris Kimball, Ph.D., was inaugurated as CLU’s seventh president during a weekend of events celebrating arts, athletics, faith, service and scholarship April 24 through 26.
Kimball became President in April 2008 after serving as CLU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for nearly two years. An expert on American history and higher education, Kimball has a distinguished career as a scholar and leader.
The president was installed April 26 during an impressive service beginning with the traditional academic procession. Among those participating in the installation ceremony was William V. Frame, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Augsburg College.
The weekend celebration began Friday morning with a lecture by Mark Schwehn, Ph.D., a widely published author and humanities professor who will become Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Valparaiso University in July.
That evening, President’s Night at the Arts featured CLUFEST 2009, an exhibit showcasing the University’s most talented multimedia students.
The highlight of the evening was the Seventh Annual New Music Concert with the music of acclaimed composer Eric Whitacre and performances by Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and CLU’s choral ensembles.
Saturday, CLU’s commitment to service was demonstrated with an all-day Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build. In the afternoon, President’s Day at the Ballpark pitted CLU against SCIAC rival Pomona-Pitzer, with the president, who has done scholarly work on the history of sport and has a passion for baseball, throwing out the first pitch.
An evening worship service in Samuelson Chapel completed the pre-installation events.