Chris  Kimball

Chris Kimball, Ph.D.


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Dr. Chris Kimball completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal before earning master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Chicago. He served as California Lutheran University’s seventh president (2008-2020) after two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to moving west, Kimball spent 15 years on the faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, the last six as provost and dean. Earlier in his career, he was a faculty member at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. With a specialization in U.S. history, he published and lectured on topics ranging from the history of sport and the history of American cities to trends in higher education. At Cal Lutheran, he often did double duty as administrator and professor by leading Freshman Seminar classes and teaching occasional courses in history, sports management, and higher education leadership.


Ph.D. The University of Chicago