Welcome to Cal Lutheran!

Chris KimballThank you for visiting the Office of the President website.

While I am glad that you are stopping here, I really hope that you are more interested in visiting us in person. Setting foot on one of our campuses—particularly our beautiful main campus in Thousand Oaks—is the best way to understand what California Lutheran University is all about.

Our mission statement says that we are called to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.

Put another way, Cal Lutheran is a place that helps students discover and live their purpose. Our staff and faculty are here to help them in that process because they have found their purpose in working and serving at Cal Lutheran.

How do we do this? We do it by:

  • Setting high academic standards
  • Providing students with real-world learning opportunities
  • Providing excellent academic and career mentoring
  • Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty
  • Treating all students equitably
  • Building sustainable facilities
  • Attracting students of high ideals and great promise


You can see these practices in-action during a visit to campus in a variety of ways, including:

  • Small classes, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16:1
  • Faculty working alongside students on research projects
  • University Ministries with campus pastors and a rabbi on-staff and ready to serve our community
  • Ullman Commons, our second LEED certified building, which houses a state of the art dining facility, Starbucks coffee shop and technology-ready meeting spaces for the campus community
  • Hundreds of events open to the community on an annual basis

Many people over the years have contributed to fulfilling the promise of Cal Lutheran, led by Richard Pederson. His generous donation of his ranch land more than fifty years ago made it possible to launch a Lutheran institution of higher learning in beautiful Ventura County. (Read more about our University's history.)

While Richard Pederson probably could not have imagined a day where our students would Skype with scholars overseas, write their papers on personal computers, and cheer on their football team in a 2,000 seat stadium, I believe that he would be pleased with how his vision and his purpose continues to be fulfilled at Cal Lutheran.

The people who inhabit this community—on a daily, weekly or even just occasional basis—are what I love most about Cal Lutheran. The engaging and fulfilling sense of community is what keeps me here and inspires me to share it with as many people as I can. I hope you will consider becoming a part of our community, whether it be as a student, an employee, or an audience member at a performance or game.

— Chris