About Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball has served as president of California Lutheran University since April 2008.  As the University’s seventh president, Kimball is leading Cal Lutheran through its second half-century, with a commitment to academic excellence, service to community, and real world learning in support of the University's Strategic Plan.

Kimball serves independent higher education in both regional and national roles.  He chairs the President's Council for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), and is a current Executive Committee member and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).   Kimball is a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the boards of The New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U), and the American Council on Education (ACE).

A historian by training with more than 25 years of administrative and academic experience, Kimball earned doctorate and master’s degrees in history from The University of Chicago where his studies focused on American History, urban history and the history of sport.

He has been published in a variety of journals and has spoken and lectured on topics ranging from the history of baseball and classic ballparks to current trends in higher education.  He is co-author of a forthcoming book on historic ballparks in Minnesota.  A native of Massachusetts, Kimball completed his undergraduate work at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

At Cal Lutheran, Kimball served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for nearly two years prior to being named President.  Preceding Cal Lutheran, Kimball spent 15 years at Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as Provost and Dean of the college, in several administrative positions, and as a faculty member.  He was also a member of the faculty at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kimball is active in the local and greater Southern California community where he serves on the boards of several nonprofit, educational and economic organizations including the New West Symphony, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, the President's Council of the American Red Cross Ventura County, and the Conejo/Las Virgenes Futures Foundation.  He is also a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club, and the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank Capital Campaign Honorary Committee.

Kimball and his wife, Liz, live in Thousand Oaks. They have two children, Glenn and Rachel, and are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks.  In his limited spare time, Kimball follows his beloved Boston Red Sox and reads mystery novels.

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