Leanne Neilson Named CLU Provost

Leanne Neilson, Psy.D., was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran University in March.

Neilson, who has served as Interim Provost for the past year, had been Associate Provost for Graduate/Adult Programs and Accreditation at CLU since 2004. She co-chaired the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and led the University through the successful Western Association of Schools and Colleges re-accreditation process.

Joining CLU’s psychology faculty in 1993, Neilson taught in the undergraduate, graduate and Adult Degree Evening programs. She took on leadership roles early in her CLU career, serving as director of the graduate psychology program, chair of the faculty and co-chair of campus fundraising for the $80 million Now is the Time capital campaign.

A well-known member of the local community, Neilson is Chair of the United Way of Ventura County Board of Directors and received the organization’s Milton M. Teague Award for Volunteer of the Year. She is also a founding member of the United Women’s Leadership Council.

The Simi Valley resident is a licensed clinical psychologist with an interest in sport psychology. She has conducted research and published articles on the cognitive functioning of adults diagnosed with schizophrenia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology, a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.

“Leanne’s gifts will serve us well as we work toward the University’s strategic goals,” President Chris Kimball said. “She has been an exceptional leader at CLU and in the community and is a strong advocate for academic excellence.” Neilson replaces Kimball, who became CLU’s President in April 2008.

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