Letter from the President

Spring 2014

Dear Parents,

With our spring semester now underway, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest happenings at Cal Lutheran. A great way to catch up is to view our new digital Annual Report available online now. The Annual Report provides a status update on our five-year strategic plan as well as highlights from a variety of University events and the accomplishments of our students and faculty over the last 18 months.

One of the biggest recent developments is that our planned merger with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is now complete. As of January 2, the Berkeley-based seminary is Cal Lutheran's fifth school and third dedicated graduate school—an exciting development not only for students interested in religious and theological studies or for preparing for a career in ministry, but also for all Cal Lutheran students. The merger supports our strategic plan and growth, as it expands our geographic presence and adds new academic programs to our already robust offerings. Our staff and faculty look forward to collaborating with PLTS personnel, including the newly appointed Dean, the Rev. Dr. Karen Bloomquist, to find new ways to approach seminary education and create cross-campus and cross-program opportunities for learning.

Looking ahead, planning for our 51st Commencement is well underway and will be here before we know it! If you are a parent of a graduating student, information about Commencement is available.

Also on the horizon is the opening of Ullman Commons, slated for the start of classes in the fall. The progress on our new multipurpose dining facility, located in the heart of campus, has been exciting to watch. I know it will greatly enhance our students' campus experience. I look forward to inviting you all to stop by for lunch or a cup of coffee next fall!

In 2013-2014, your students have continued to raise the bar and reputation of our University and I am proud to count them, and you, as members of the Cal Lutheran family. Thank you for your support as we work with your students to help them discover and live out their purpose as citizens of our campus, the greater community, and the world.


Chris Kimball

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