Annual Report



As a former Cal Lutheran student, I am proud of where my alma mater is today and more importantly the plans we have for the future. The university has grown and developed tremendously, embracing a vast range of students, professors, programs, opportunities and experiences. Diversity is very evident at Cal Lutheran where different points of view, collaboration and healthy debates are encouraged and respected.

Just like the students, faculty and staff at Cal Lutheran, the university’s Board of Regents is a dynamic group made up of people of varied backgrounds, faiths, careers and experiences, who are at different places in their lives. Yet we all share a common objective: to support Cal Lutheran in its goals to educate students and help them discover their purpose.

When we Regents meet, there is discussion, thoughtful deliberation, enthusiasm, and most of all, appreciation for what we each bring to the table. Throughout our conversation, there is the underlying mindfulness among the Regents to ensure that our decisions are in the best interest of students. It is an inspiring process undertaken by a dedicated, hard-working team, and I am honored to be among them.

I am grateful for the outstanding leaders with whom I serve on the Board of Regents, and am excited about the advancements that we are making and those we are working toward. Thank you to all who support Cal Lutheran and may the coming year be a fulfilling one for all of us.

Best wishes,

Susan Lundeen-SmuckSig
Susan Lundeen-Smuck
Chair, Board of Regents

At California Lutheran University, all are welcome.  This is one of our most essential values, and the abundant diversity among our students, faculty and staff reflects that deeply held point of view.  At Cal Lutheran, regardless of culture, background, language, belief, identity, faith, or interest, there is room at the table for everyone.

In fact, the Room at the Table University Chapel theme of 2015-2016 was examined, contemplated and presented in an array of thoughtful homilies offered weekly by speakers from every corner of our campus community.  This tradition allows us to come to know and understand one another, linking us in friendship as well as through education and scholarship. 

“Room at the Table” was also embraced by every other aspect of the university.  For example, I am delighted to report that we welcomed our largest and most diverse student body, hailing from 24 states and 43 countries and bringing with them national and global perspectives that enriched our community.  We met the wide-ranging needs of these constituents with exciting resources, programs, and facilities that allow us to offer an excellent education in a caring and vibrant atmosphere.

Having a variety of people at the table enhances all of our lives.  Sharing thoughts, ideas, and talents results in a beneficial experience for everyone.  I look forward to us continuing to gather together at the table to learn from one another in the coming year.

Thank you for joining us “at the table” through your interest and support of Cal Lutheran.


Chris Kimball


Chris Kimball

At Cal Lutheran, our dedicated and accomplished faculty works with small classes of undergraduate and graduate students who are open-minded — about ideas, about people, and about faith — and are seeking to grow as individuals while they pursue their passions and discover their purpose.

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The Year In Review
Progress Report

In May 2012, California Lutheran University’s Board of Regents approved a Five-Year Strategic Plan comprised of five overall goals in support of our mission. Each year, members of the senior leadership develop annual goals in order to support these Five-Year Plan goals. Below you will see our five overall goals and a sampling of efforts completed or achievements related to them during the 2015-2016 fiscal and academic year.


Guide students to discover and live their purpose with real-world learning experiences, excellent academic and career mentoring, and a campus environment that promotes inclusion.

The United States Department of Education named Cal Lutheran a Hispanic-Serving Institution in February, a milestone in the university’s commitment to living out its mission- to educate leaders for a global society- within the changing context of student demographics.

Cal Lutheran’s goals as an HSI include evolving from being a Hispanic-enrolling institution to a Hispanic-serving institution by transforming institutional culture and daily practices to embrace inclusive excellence as a guiding concept for strategic planning. Changing the fundamental way the university carries out its curriculum and services from the ground up will help boost services, retention and graduation among Latino/a students. Learn More

57% of the class of 2015 reported participation in an internship or earned academic credit for an internship during their time at Cal Lutheran.

32% reported participating in multiple internships. Students obtained “real-world” experience through working at such companies as E! Entertainment, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Clippers, NBC Universal, Northrup Grumman, SAGE Publications, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Rachel Casas

Cal Lutheran is different from any other institution where I have studied or worked. We really value community here and embrace the concept of “service-learning” as a way to discover and live out our purpose. We don’t just say that, we do it.

–Rachel Casas, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Psychology
35 undergraduate students presented original research through oral presentations and an interactive poster session during the 12th Annual Student Research Symposium.

The audience included members of the campus as well as the surrounding community. With guidance from faculty mentors, students conducted research in many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, exercise science, global studies, mathematics, political science and psychology. Students have also presented their work at professional conferences or had their work published in peer-reviewed journals. Learn more about the program and abstracts.

Daniel Chell ’15 became the fifth Cal Lutheran student in six years to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.

Chell spent 10 months teaching English in Mongolia during 2015-2016. Fulbright participants are chosen for their academic accomplishments and leadership potential, and live and work with people of the host country, serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. Chell graduated summa cum laude with university honors, earning bachelor’s degrees in global studies and political science. While at Cal Lutheran, Chell participated in a travel seminar to Thailand, studied abroad in Uganda, and interned in Washington, D.C., for Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. He wrote a policy paper calling for the United States to facilitate reconciliation programs between Armenia and Turkey in light of the Armenian genocide and researched the treatment of the Shia minority in Saudi Arabia. Read more about Daniel.

Our 10th Annual Festival of Scholars held April 25 to April 29, 2016 showcased more than 350 scholarly projects created by undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and School of Management.

This year’s event included student findings on such subjects as community policing, human trafficking awareness, iPads as tools or toys, and the volunteer process in soup kitchens, as well as a student and faculty panel showcasing forms of experiential learning in Criminal Justice. View the schedule of sessions and presentations.

Ten teams presented their business ideas in the finals of the New Venture Competition sponsored by Cal Lutheran’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Winning entries included a service that supports people with autism by providing coding classes and job placement services, and another a backpack with a built-in solar charger.

At nine months after graduation, 97% of the class of 2015 reported they were either working or attending graduate school.

Our Career Services office conducted this annual survey of traditional undergraduates with an 83% response rate.

Allyssa Moscotte

I’d say the highlight of this school year for me would probably have been Intern/Job Expo. It was the first time I had attended the Expo, and I felt validated in where I want to go in life in terms of career aspirations as many of the employers I talked to were impressed with my resume, most of which has been decorated with Cal Lutheran related items. In that moment, I was grateful for all the opportunities Cal Lutheran had given me to grow in my skills and in my future career.

–Allyssa Moscotte ’17, Multimedia major
Cal Lutheran established a chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a national, professional, co-educational business fraternity.

Sixty students were inducted into the group which helps prepare business students for careers through professional training and networking, leadership education and service opportunities.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 178 students participated in study abroad programs in 25 countries spanning six continents including Turkey, France, Spain, Australia and Germany.

Programs include semesters abroad as well as shorter, more focused, travel seminars. In addition, a group of 17 students traveled to Japan with sociology professor Akiko Yasuike as part of the university’s “Exploring Japanese Culture and Society” travel seminar. Cal Lutheran has set a strategic goal to have 40 percent of all undergraduates study abroad by 2020. Currently, 26 percent of students have participated in study abroad or a travel seminar. Students can choose from more than 80 countries worldwide.

The CLU Choir took their talents and show on the road in April with a tour of the Bay Area and Central California.

Stops included Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento. The choir performed pieces that reflect the university’s Lutheran identity as well as compositions that represent the campus community’s diversity. In each city, the full audiences included Cal Lutheran alumni.

Abby Azzarello

I've been involved with both choirs on campus and have loved every minute.  Being part of such an amazing group has allowed me to make lifelong friends. Cal Lutheran is all about coming together, not only as a community but as a family. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, and being a small campus you're able to see familiar faces wherever you go.

–Abby Azzarello ’17, Music Production major
2015 Homecoming & Family Weekend was celebrated on October 9-11, 2015 with reunion classes 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005, as well as a golf tournament, concerts, a carnival and the annual Loop da Lu 5K.

More than 1,000 people attended Homecoming, reconnecting with former classmates, spending time with loved ones and enjoying the family atmosphere.

Mickey Da Silva, a Cal Lutheran physics and chemistry double major from Newbury Park, received a $6,000 stipend toward a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Da Silva spent the summer working on a system to restore power in the event of a natural disaster.




Continue to set high institutional academic standards with distinguished faculty who embody and embrace diversity and with widely respected academic programs.

Cal Lutheran earned reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for the longest possible term of 10 years.

In its report, the WASC Commission commended the university for its clearly communicated and shared mission, a cross-campus commitment to helping students succeed, and increasingly strong fiscal health.

Cal Lutheran’s new doctoral program in clinical psychology earned accreditation for the maximum term of seven years from the American Psychological Association (APA).

The APA Commission on Accreditation commended the Graduate School of Psychology’s program for its thoughtful curriculum, state-of-the-art technology strong support from university administration, and diverse community.

Eighteen new faculty members were welcomed to Cal Lutheran at the start of the 2015 academic year, including three math professors.

The departments of chemistry, history, philosophy, physics, psychology and religion each added one new faculty member. In addition, one faculty member will teach in the School of Management, five in the Graduate School of Education and three atPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, in Berkeley.

The President’s Diversity Council awarded a total of eight faculty development mini-grants.

Grants were given in support of faculty professional development in the areas of cultural proficiency, multicultural curriculum development, the Cal Lutheran “Spectrum of Opportunity” Autism conference, and Latino student resiliency research and subsequent conference presentation. Learn more about our Campus Diversity Initiative.

We recently partnered with the USC Center for Urban Education (CUE) on a new effort to strengthen recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.

Nineteen faculty members are working on this project.

Fourteen faculty searches took place for the next academic year with two of the positions designed to support our HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) efforts.

Two female Hispanic faculty members will join our Biology Department in fall of 2016 to provide assistance and mentor our first generation Hispanic students. One will serve as our HSI Coordinator.

Cal Lutheran joined The New American Colleges and Universities, a consortium of schools that integrate liberal education, professional studies and civic encouragement.

Member institutions collaborate and participate in faculty discussions and research to enhance teaching and learning, and provide students with a broader range of academic opportunities.

In February, the Cal Lutheran Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship led and hosted Conejo Valley Startup Week, organizing 20 entrepreneurship-related events in the Conejo Valley.

The five-day event offered free events, guest speakers, an investor demo day and workshops on marketing for startups, workflow, data science, business plans, crowdfunding and more.

Cal Lutheran’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony in May marked a milestone with the largest graduating class in university history.

More than 1400 undergraduate and graduate students received their diplomas.

Linda Baumhefner

Record numbers of graduates tells a great story in and of itself — we’re doing many things right! Cal Lutheran’s vision for the future for those they serve, and the culture that has been created by past and present, is what makes the university special.

–Linda Baumhefner, Cal Lutheran Regent, Owner/Principal, LSB Executive Consulting
Professor Samuel Thomas (Religion) and Cal Lutheran’s SEEd Project were awarded a Community Enhancement Grant by the City of Thousand Oaks serving the interests of sustainability, ecological education and experiential learning.

The fully funded request of $11,402 supports a vermicomposting program led by undergraduate student Jacob Derksen ’17 (Biology), who is conducting honors research on worms and gut bacteria. Undergraduate students in a course with David Grannis (Communication) will produce videos to document the process and educate the community about vermicomposting. 


Support student achievement across all programs with equitable treatment for all students, by enhancing student services, and by utilizing the most pedagogically appropriate delivery methods for student learning.

Student retention proved to be strong among 2015 first-time freshmen, rising to an 84.9% retention rate between fall 2014 and fall 2015.

Services available to students to help ensure a good first year include those provided by the Center for Student Success and First Year Experience programs such as the required Freshmen Seminar.

Cal Lutheran’s four-year graduation rate hit a record 70 percent.

In addition to greater student and family focus on completion, the graduation rate increase is also due to the hard work of our faculty and strong student services and support staff.

Lana Clark

I work here because the staff and faculty believe that Lutheran higher education can help make our shared world a better place, and I’m given an opportunity to be part of it. Knowing that my work each day supports current and future students, and helps to provide the opportunities I enjoyed as a student myself gives me great satisfaction.

–Lana Clark, ’06, MPPA ’13, Director of Stewardship
Cal Lutheran’s Student Support Services (SSS) received renewal funding of $25,000 from Edison as well as a new grant of $30,000 from the Honda Foundation to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives within the TRIO Upward Bound Program.


Sergio Galvez

As an Alumnus of both the Upward Bound and Student Support Services I owe my career path to my alma mater and I am thankful every day for this journey. Cal Lutheran’s work to commit to first-generation college bound populations will ensure that the interests of the students who need the most support are at the table, and not on it, for years to come.

–Sergio Galvez ’03, ’09, Senior Director, TRIO Upward Bound Programs
In March, nearly 400 educators and parents attended Cal Lutheran’s first conference on alternative communication strategies for people with autism.

The Spectrum of Opportunity: Autism, Inclusion and Communication conference led to the launch of Cal Lutheran’s Center for Autism and Communication led by professors Edlyn Peña and Beth Brennan. The center serves as a regional and state resource for communication and support for children through young adults with autism, and for their teachers, support providers, caregivers, administrators and families.

Edlyn Pena

Establishing the Autism and Communication Center at Cal Lutheran with Dr. Beth Brennan this year was a pivotal moment in my career.  Cal Lutheran is becoming a national thought-leader in the field of autism because of the center's great work. I'm honored to be a part of this movement for social change.

–Dr. Edlyn Peña, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Cal Lutheran launched the Center for Nonprofit Leadership to provide affordable professional development training and resources for nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers in the region. 

The center offers service-learning opportunities for students, faculty and nonprofit leaders to work cross-generationally to solve community and organizational challenges. Dena Jenson joined our staff in June to lead the center, a role she held when the center was under the auspices of the Ventura County Community Foundation. Support comes from participation fees, membership, corporate sponsorships, grants and donations. View full calendar of workshops.

Rev. Melissa Maxwell-Doherty ’77, who served as Cal Lutheran campus pastor for 15 years, was promoted to the newly created position of vice president for Mission and Identity.

In this role, she oversees the Office of Campus Ministry, Congregational Relations, the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture, the Office of Seminary Relations and interfaith outreach. She spearheads efforts to communicate the inclusive principles of Lutheran higher education central to the university. Highlights of her first year include the first joint spring meeting between the PLTS Advisory Board and the Cal Lutheran Convocation; weekly meetings of the Interfaith Interns and Allies to discuss interfaith topics and promote religious literacy on campus; monthly staff interfaith lunches; and providing support and education to pastors and lay church leaders. Planning is underway for the Western States Youth Gathering, an event for 700 high school students and adults at Cal Lutheran in summer 2017, and for the Western State Multicultural Youth Leadership Event, a one-day multicultural youth leadership event which will precede the Youth Gathering.

We celebrated the creation of the Wilbert and Darlene Carlson Endowed Chair in Youth and Family Ministry during our 56th Cal Lutheran Founders Day Convocation.

Thanks to the generosity of the late Darlene and Wilbert Carlson, the endowment provides for a faculty member to lead a youth and family ministry specialization within the Theology and Christian leadership degree program. The Rev. Dr. Colleen Windham-Hughes is the first holder of the chair. For the past five years she has served as the director of the Theology and Christian Leadership major. The $2.32 million gift endowed by the Carlson’s estate also provides support to advance science and education at the university. Learn more.

Cal Lutheran hosted about 30 pastors/church leaders in July 2015 for the Executive Skills for Pastors course, a week of continuing education with faculty from the School of Management.

In the complex environment of congregational management, pastors need new tools for ministry. This continuing education event explored how concepts from an MBA program are applied to congregational life.

Cal Lutheran began its participation in the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense landmark $30 million initiative to study and prevent concussion.

The three-year study marks what is considered to be the most comprehensive investigation of sport-related concussion conducted to date. Cal Lutheran is one of 30 universities, and one of only three Division III institutions, to be selected. To date, approximately 90% of CLU student-athletes have undergone baseline testing. The data collected will facilitate a better understanding of the natural history and neurobiology of concussion to ultimately enhance the safety and health of student-athletes, service members, youth sports participants, and the broader public. Read more.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Cal Lutheran’s 430 student athletes hit a number of impressive milestones.

The biggest was the university’s first NCAA Division III National Championship achieved by the women’s volleyball team. In addition, Allie Hadley earned an individual national champion title in javelin, the first Cal Lutheran student to win the gold in the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships. CLU Sports teams included two SCIAC Championships (women’s volleyball and baseball) and 126 SCIAC All-Academic athletes. Read more highlights.

Tianna Pasko

I was recruited by Cal Lutheran diving coach Aaron Williams at a high school dive meet against Oaks Christian. The thought of being able to dive while representing my university was very enticing. I knew I wouldn't get the chance to dive anywhere else. I have been on the CLU NCAA Dive Team all four years at Cal Lutheran which has been an incredible experience. Getting to travel to different schools in our conference and competing at SCIAC Championships has been exhilarating, plus I've had a great team every year and have loved being able to create such strong bonds with them.

–Tianna Paskow ’17, Psychology major
Cal Lutheran introduced men's volleyball as the 21st overall varsity sport at CLU and 11th men’s program to begin competition in the 2015-16 season.

Cal Lutheran became the first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) school to offer men’s volleyball as a varsity intercollegiate sport.

Cal Lutheran’s School of Management began offering a new undergraduate entrepreneurship minor, open to students of all majors.

The program allows students to work on interdisciplinary teams to formulate and pursue start-up ideas. Renee Rock’s Spring ENT101 Creativity and Innovation class was fully enrolled with students majoring in Business, Theater Arts, Communications, Music Production, Sociology, Computer Science, Economics, and Political Science.

Keeping pace with the growing job market for information technology (IT) professionals, Cal Lutheran’s School of Management revised its Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).

The program, which officially began in fall of 2016, provides students with two track options: one focusing on Information Systems Management and the other a more technical focus on data analytics, or Big Data. The goal is to give students the technical foundation needed to plan, design, implement and manage IT solutions and systems.

Ruslan Korchagen

With these degrees I can apply for a job in many countries. With only my Russian degree I might not be able to.

–Ruslan Korchagin ’15 MBA, ’16 MSIT, from Russia
There are now two variations of the School of Management’s MBA program.

One is designed for domestic and international students with little or no work experience and offers functional specializations. The second one, the Executive MBA, is for students with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant, managerial work experience with significant career success who are seeking to achieve their next big goals.

Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education opened a new off-site location for its Masters in Educational Leadership in Ridgecrest, in Kern County. 

A partnership with Sierra Sands School district, initiated by a Cal Lutheran doctoral alumnus, allows the university to provide opportunities in this under-served region. 

Juan Santos

Cal Lutheran helped me see beyond the limited opportunities that were present in my childhood. It provided me with an experience that I would never have received otherwise.

–Juan Santos ’98, ’03, ’14, Director of Student Support Services, Conejo Valley Unified School District
The Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals has added an Interdisciplinary Major to the degrees offered. 

For students whose academic goals are not best served by a traditional major offered in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program, Cal Lutheran offers the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary major in which the student selects courses from more than one department.  Examples of interdisciplinary majors are business communication, management and organizational communication, organization behavior, and business psychology, etc. A new minor in Communication has also been added.

Cal Lutheran hosted a premier event for the Southern California business community - the CFO Executive Summit - an invitation-only event series for chief financial officers nationwide.

About 150 CFOs from some of the largest firms in the region attended. The all-day event in downtown Los Angeles was a great way to extend our geographical reach and to expand our network.

A variety of new multimedia resources were added to the Pearson Library collection to support the teaching, learning and research needs of Cal Lutheran students and faculty.
  • BrowZine Web edition – originally developed for mobile devices, it has been expanded to a web interface that provides researchers with easy access to scholarly journals in a variety of subject areas.
  • Swank Streaming Video Library – a platform for streaming the most requested feature films for curriculum support and allows faculty to legally stream major motion pictures within the Blackboard courses.
  • Research Companion - multimedia-based information literacy resource.  Assists students with effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.
  • Philosophy Database - a full-text journal and dissertations database specifically designed for researchers of all aspects of the interdisciplinary field of Philosophy.
  • Springer 2015-2016 e-books collections – over 3,665 Springer e-books published in 2015-16 were added to the library collection. Subjects include Behavioral Science and Psychology, Biomedical & Life Science, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy.
  • Rosetta Stone - the preeminent online language learning tool world-wide is now available to students, faculty and staff at Cal Lutheran. 
Dr. Laureen Hill ’83 was named Cal Lutheran’s 2016 Outstanding Alumna and recognized during the annual Honors Convocation.

Hill graduated from Cal Lutheran with a BS in Medical Technology. She attended UC Davis for medical school, and later completed her anesthesiology residency at Stanford University Medical School. In 2006, she earned an MBA from Washington University. Hill is the Chair of Anesthesiology at Emory's School of Medicine.  At Emory, she oversees a $140 million operating budget, with 400 faculty spread over two hospitals. She is also one of only eight individuals in the U.S. trained in hazardous materials procedures for the Center for Disease Control and was part of the team that treated U.S. patients during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Hill serves on Cal Lutheran’s Commission for the Sciences.


Build and modernize sustainable facilities for an environment that sustains social, cultural and intellectual activity while respecting and protecting the planet.

The grand opening of the new Student Union was held on November 11, 2015. 

Located in the former cafeteria, the 18,302-square-foot, two-story Student Union is a welcoming and spacious gathering place for students to socialize around game tables and a lounge complete with a media room, comfortable chairs and couches with built-in power charging stations, and computers. The Union also houses programs for multicultural and international students, military veterans, community service volunteers, travelers abroad and job seekers.

In conjunction with the opening of the Student Union, Cal Lutheran also opened the Ahmanson Veteran Resource Center.

The Ahmanson Foundation generously pledged $750,000 toward the $2.5 million project which provides support services to veterans and military members to obtain a quality education.

We broke ground on the new William Rolland Art Center, an $8 million, two-story building that will house studio arts courses, graphic design and multimedia, computer classrooms, flexible classrooms and office space.

Located next to the William Rolland Stadium and Gallery, the facility will feature a first floor art gallery to display student art. Studio arts courses taught in the new building will include photography, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. The Art Center will open by Fall 2017.

After many years on a picturesque hilltop in Berkeley, plans were made for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's (PLTS) relocation to downtown Berkeley next summer.

The new site improves the seminary's technology and ADA requirements, brings PLTS alongside non-profits and social ministries for important partnerships, and locates the seminary close to the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

Mark Hanson

That PLTS is now part of CLU is a sign of hope for the future as we prepare those who will serve the church and society as clergy, educators and lay leaders. The PLTS faculty are outstanding scholars, with a restlessness for a more just world and a yearning for a creation that is reflective of God's ongoing creating goodness rather than humanity's consumptive living.

–Rev. Mark Hanson, Cal Lutheran Regent, Distinguished Fellow at Augsburg College
Student Life launched digital signage broadcast on televisions in the Student Union, with additional signage planned for the Centrum and Fitness.

The digital signage allows for up-to-date publicity of on-campus events and programs, and is tied into the existing process for the Hub events calendar. Flyers, posters, and photos of upcoming activities are featured, as well as a scrolling banner of announcements.

Cal Lutheran entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to allow the team to base its training operations during the season on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus for at least two years while they wait for their permanent training facility to be built.

Construction of two practice fields, a paved parking lot, and temporary modular buildings that will be used for offices, training, and locker rooms were completed in August. The facility at Cal Lutheran is home base for about 130 athletes, coaches, trainers and other staff members. The entrance to the facility is off of Campus Drive, and the entire area is enclosed.

Cal Lutheran’s new 38-foot-wide LED video scoreboard was installed in the north-west corner of William Rolland Stadium, a jointly funded project between Cal Lutheran and donor William Rolland. 

It is enhancing the stadium experience for audiences at university athletic events and will also be used for special occasions such as Commencement.


Attract students of high ideals and promise by enhancing regional and national awareness of CLU’s mission, by raising the profiles of students who are drawn to our mission, and by offering new programs and scholarships to attract these students.

We received great news in December of two awards that will support the Sciences at Cal Lutheran.

The Fletcher Jones Foundation awarded $500,000 to name the Fletcher Jones Foundation Cell and Developmental Genetics Teaching Laboratory in the Science facility, and we received a Keck grant for $300,000 for the W.M. Keck Life Sciences Advanced Instrumentation Suite.

Salvador Brito

I had thought that I would like to go to a very large school. However, after visiting Cal Lutheran during the Presidential Scholarship weekend event, I immediately knew that I wanted to attend a college where students were the priority. The small-campus feeling along with a small student-teacher ratio made me realize that I made the right choice. Having the ability to interact with faculty directly by sharing ideas and knowledge that pertained to my field of study has been extremely beneficial.

–Salvador Brito ’16, doctoral student, neuroscience, Harvard University
In April, the CLU Annual Fund held its first-ever 24-hour giving campaign, GumbyGivesday.

Thanks to the generosity of our campus community, friends and supporters, over $88,000 was raised. The CLU Annual Fund also celebrated another successful year bringing in nearly $900,000.

Cal Lutheran’s Marketing launched a refresh of the university’s Master Brand campaign, “Purpose Changes Your Perspective.”

New campaigns were also rolled out to support the graduate school programs. Development began on rebranding athletics logos.

Nakeissa Abassi

CLU is special because it allows me to grow and find my purpose. The class options allow me to figure out what I'm really interested in and lets me take classes outside of my major. The people at CLU -  students, faculty, and administration - are some of the most caring people I've ever met. It amazes me how different my experience at CLU is compared to my friends at large public universities.”

–Nakiessa Abbassi ’19, Political Science major
The university hosted cultural and educational events on-and-off campus to broaden the public’s knowledge of Cal Lutheran, its mission, its students and its exceptional programs.

Popular annual events included the Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series, the Mathews Leadership Forum, and Hats & High Tea, which all attracted record attendance in 2015-2016. Events are publicized online and through a biannual printed calendar mailer.

International student recruitment efforts continued with the 2015-2016 student population coming from 43 countries representing a variety of faiths and cultures.

A team that included President Chris Kimball, School of Management Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler; School of Management Director of International Relations Harry Domicone; and Director of International Admission Dane Rowley, visited China where they attended an alumni event and met with prospective students and leaders of our partner institutions.

Oda Ystrom

I wanted to come to Cal Lutheran specifically, because of the good recommendations from foreign students. They said that the program enabled you to grow in alignment with the requirements that a future employer may require. During my five years of studying in Norway I had never had a presentation in class, and I wanted a degree that could prepare me for more than written exams. Also, gaining new friendships from across the world at Cal Lutheran has widened my perspective on many topics.

–Oda Christine Ystrom ’17, MBA, from Norway
Actor and philanthropist Billy Baldwin of Santa Barbara, and community advocate Joyce Howerton of Lompoc, join the KCLU Advisory Board.

They will help develop long-range plans and coordinate fundraising efforts for the award-winning National Public Radio station.

By the Numbers

Financial Report 2015-2016

California Lutheran University did well financially during the fiscal year ending May 31, 2016. Total institutional assets decreased to $315.5 million, down from $315.6 million in the previous year. Net assets (total assets less liabilities) increased to $228.6 million, up from $225.3 million, due to operating gains.

Revenues and Expenses

Due to good operating performance and investment returns, revenue exceeded expenses by $3.3 million. Total revenues and gains are $112.3 million, down from $116.8 million in the previous fiscal year primarily due to higher investment returns in the endowment in the prior year. Operating revenue increased to $110.1 million from $109.5 million in the prior year, while non-operating revenue was down to $3.3 million from $7.3 million in the prior year primarily due to the fluctuations in the value of the endowment.

Net tuition revenues in 2015-2016held steady at $77.0 millionto the previous year. (All of the revenue figures above are net calculations. They do not count tuition covered by institutional scholarships and grants: $44.6 million in 2015-2016 and $40.9 million in 2014-2015.)

Expenses increased to $109.0 million for the fiscal year, up from $106.8 million.

Balance Sheet

Total assets remained the same, liabilities decreased by $3.3 million, and net assets increased by $3.3 million. Cash increased to $55.9 million, from $52.6 million.

Contributions receivable decreased to $7.0 million, from $7.5 million. During the year, the value of Cal Lutheran’s endowment decreased by $0.3 million to $92.6 million.

The endowment fund helps to ensure the University’s long-term financial health and stability and to provide an affordable education, including scholarships and grants, for current and future generations of students. Donors’ gifts are invested in perpetuity with a portion of the income available for university needs and the remainder reinvested to maintain future buying power.

Our property, plant and equipment decreased to $135.1 million, from $136.2 million in the previous year, primarily due to depreciation.

Donor Contributions

Donor contributions are a significant factor in the continued financial strengthening of Cal Lutheran. Charitable giving during the period consisted of 23,206 gifts and pledges from 10,689 donors, including alumni, parents of students and alumni, friends, churches, corporations, foundations and other organizations. A breakdown of gifts and pledges as recorded in the audited 2015-2016 fiscal report includes:

Unrestricted Gifts
CLU Annual Fund $1,358,000
Church $827,000
KCLU Radio $2,009,000
Restricted Gifts
(capital, endowment, scholarship, etc.) $6,065,000
Grand Total $10,259,000

We are grateful to all of our 2015-2016 donors for sharing in Cal Lutheran’s mission and success. For additional information about our audited financial statements, please visit Office of the President’s website.






Thank You

All of this would not be possible without the generous support of our alumni, family and friends around the world. With your gifts to Cal Lutheran, you help drive our mission to prepare leaders for a global society. Your support means improved facilities, a world-class faculty, and most important, opportunities for our students to discover their purpose. Thank you.

Below find a list of all those who generously supported Cal Lutheran during its 2015-2016 fiscal year divided into our Honor Roll, new members of the Orville Dahl Society, Gifts-in-Kind, and Matching Partners.

University Advancement makes its best efforts to provide complete and accurate information for its Honor Roll listing. If you find any inadvertant errors or omissions, please notify Advancement at (805) 493-3160 or

Thank you.

In Memoriam
leaf Oak Tree Society (Donors to the CLU Annual Fund for three or more years consecutively)
Donor to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

  • 5th Quarter Football Club
  • A.K.T. American Capital Corporation
  • AA Ranch
  • Dr. Norman and Mrs. Margaret Aarestad
  • Mr. Manoharan and Mrs. Rani Aaron
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Aas
  • Ms. Elaine Abarta
  • Ms. Nakiessa Abbassi
  • Mrs. Kathryn B. Abbott '78
  • Mr. Richard G. Abbott '84
  • Ms. Yasmine Abdallat
  • Ms. Alexis M. Abeytia '16
  • Mrs. Kim Abrahamson
  • Ms. Delores Abramson
  • Mr. Jack and Mrs. Albena Acampora
  • Mr. Jack Acampora
  • Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Suzanne Acampora
  • Mr. Juan and Mrs. Andrea '01 Acosta
  • Ms. Kristen M. Acosta '16
  • Ms. Jordyn K. Adachi '16
  • Mr. Steve and Mrs. Karla Adachi leaf
  • Mr. Henry and Mrs. Meline '74 Adalian leaf
  • Ms. Amanda E. Adams '16
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Stacey '02 Adams leaf
  • Mr. Erik and Mrs. Stacy Adams
  • Mr. Scott and Mrs. Lynda Adelson
  • Rev. Dr. Charles '71 and Mrs. Nancy Aden
  • Ms. Hasmik J. Adetyan '16
  • Mr. Ousep and Mrs. Margarit Adetyan
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Lora Adler
  • Mr. Dale M. Adrion '87
  • Advent Lutheran Church (Citrus Heights, CA)
  • Mr. Gabi and Rev. Meghan '01 Aelabouni
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation
  • Aetna Foundation, Inc.
  • Ms. Nia C. Aglipay '16
  • Ms. Emma Aguilar leaf
  • Ms. Samantha Skore
  • Mr. Armando and Mrs. Patricia '03 Aguirre
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Janice Ahlering
  • Ms. Nicole R. Ahlering '16
  • Mr. John and Mrs. Barbara '04 Ahlman
  • Mr. John and Mrs. Barbara Ahlquist
  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • Mr. Brian and Mrs. Janice Akahiji leaf
  • Mrs. Penny L. Akashi '75
  • Dr. Alireza and Mrs. Terri Akbari leaf
  • Ms. Jeri M. Alacano '83
  • Mr. Peter '83 and Mrs. Tina Alamar leaf
  • Alaska Synod - ELCA
  • Ms. Mary Albee
  • Ms. Allison Albert
  • Mr. Mark and Mrs. Yasong Albert leaf
  • Mrs. Josefina M. Albornoz leaf
  • Mr. Gustavo A. Aldana '01 and Mrs. Kristin C. Aldana-Taday
  • Mr. Jose and Mrs. Guadalupe Aldana leaf
  • Mr. Daniel A. Aldrete '16
  • Mr. Conrad N. Aleks '14
  • Ms. Candice V. Alexander '16
  • Mr. James L. Stanton and Mrs. Cathy D. Alexander '00 leaf
  • Mrs. Leslie Alexander
  • Ms. Pamela C. Alexander '80 leaf
  • Mr. Abdullah I. Alkhuzayem '16
  • All Saints Lutheran Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  • All Saints Lutheran Church (Novato, CA)
  • Mr. Faisal Allahyani
  • Mr. Robert and Mrs. Linda Allard
  • Rev. John and Mrs. Beverly Allen
  • Mr. Christopher and Mrs. Elizabeth Allen
  • Mr. Connor C. Allen '16
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Patricia '74 Allen leaf
  • Mr. Willy R. Allen and Mrs. Pamela Davis
  • Ms. Lisa A. Allison '87
  • Mrs. Susan L. Allison '03
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Laura Almquist leaf
  • Ms. Brandy Alonzo-Mayland
  • Alpern Consulting, Inc.
  • Ms. Angelica Alvarez
  • Mr. Andrew Alwin leaf
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Annie Alwin leaf
  • Mr. William and Mrs. Jean Amador leaf
  • Amateur Baseball Development Group, Inc.
  • Ms. Courtney L. Ambrosius '15
  • American Lutheran Church (Turner, MT)
  • American Lutheran Church (Sun City, AZ)
  • American Lutheran Church (Woodland, CA)
  • Dr. Steven and Mrs. Carol Ames
  • Mrs. Krystle A. Amezcua '04 leaf
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Mrs. Emily Amilhussin
  • Ms. Bernadette Amos
  • Ms. Lauren A. Amundson '10 leaf
  • Ms. Jessica A. Amzoll '07 leaf
  • Dr. Gary and Mrs. Patricia Andeen
  • Mr. Roy W. and Mrs. Lucille Anderberg
  • Rev. Carl '68 and Mrs. Penny Andersen leaf
  • Mrs. Donna J. Andersen '68 leaf
  • Ms. Karen Andersen
  • Rev. Robert Andersen
  • Ms. Ruth Andersen leaf
  • Ms. Alyssa Anderson
  • Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Bernita Anderson
  • Bishop Emeritus J. Roger and Mrs. Beverly Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Douglas '76 and Mrs. Carol '79 Anderson leaf
  • Dr. Phillip and Mrs. Gayle '88 Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Robert and Mrs. Gaylene Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Gaylin and Mrs. Teresa Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Gerald '65 and Mrs. Barbara Anderson
  • Rev. James and Mrs. Diane Anderson
  • Ms. Jennifer Anderson
  • Rev. Jonathan and Mrs. Laura Anderson
  • Mr. Kevin '82 and Mrs. Monica Anderson
  • Rev. Kirk E. Anderson and Ms. Sheri R. Brown
  • Mr. Leslie and Mrs. D'Ann Anderson
  • Mr. Marvin and Mrs. Marjorie Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Mark R. Anderson '91
  • Mr. Mark and Mrs. Virginia Anderson
  • Mrs. Marsha P. Anderson leaf
  • Ms. Meribeth Anderson
  • Rev. Michael and Mrs. Patricia Anderson leaf
  • Mrs. Patty G. Anderson
  • Mr. Philip Anderson
  • Rev. Drs. Herbert and Phyllis Anderson
  • Rev. Matthew '04 and Mrs. Rebecca '04 Anderson
  • Mr. Richard and Mrs. Janice Anderson
  • Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Walda Anderson leaf
  • Ms. Selina D. Anderson '16
  • Mr. Terry '09 and Mrs. Kristie Anderson
  • Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Beth Anderson leaf
  • Mr. Teodoro Andino
  • Mr. Richard and Mrs. Patricia '95 Andre leaf
  • Mr. Lloyd '66 and Mrs. Laura Andreas leaf
  • Andreini & Company
  • Ms. Hannah M. Andrews '16
  • Ms. Cristalenia E. Andrikos '11 leaf
  • Mr. Derek F. Andrzejewski '14
  • Mr. John and Mrs. Marjorie Andrzejewski
  • Mr. Mark and Mrs. Eileen Angel
  • Anonymous (48) leaf
  • Mr. Robert and Mrs. Marilyn Anthold leaf
  • Mr. James Antosh
  • Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler leaf
  • Mr. Michael '09 and Mrs. Candice '09 Aragon
  • Mr. Mike and Mrs. Marcia Aragon leaf
  • Mr. Anthony Araiza
  • Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Georgia Araiza
  • Mrs. Dorothy Arata
  • Rev. Dr. William and Mrs. Sandra Arbaugh
  • Mr. Craig and Mrs. Lisa Archer leaf
  • Ms. Natalie R. Archer '13
  • Ms. Maria A. Arger '11
  • Ms. Lisette A. Argott '11
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Laila Karson Arias
  • Mr. Mario and Mrs. Deonna '97 Armijo
  • Mr. Arthur L. Armstrong '06 leaf
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Ronda Armstrong
  • Mr. Robert '93 and Mrs. Phoebe Armstrong
  • Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Sally '10 Armstrong
  • Revs. David and Mary Armstrong-Reiner
  • Mr. Caleb W. Arndt '16
  • Mr. Michael J. Arndt
  • Mr. Bradford '08 and Mrs. Kirsten Arnold leaf
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Vanessa Arnold
  • Mr. Joel '97 and Mrs. Kerri Arnold leaf
  • Ms. Laurel J. Arnold '07
  • Mr. William L. Arnold '16
  • Ms. Islamiyah Arogundade
  • Mr. Allan '65 and Mrs. Beverly '65 Aronson
  • Mr. Gregory Aronson
  • Mr. Carlos and Mrs. Maria Arreola leaf
  • Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Margarita Arriagada
  • Arrow Electronics, Inc.
  • Mr. Todd '91 and Mrs. Laura Arrowsmith
  • Mr. Andre E. Arsinian '16
  • Mr. Demecio and Mrs. Josefina Arteaga leaf
  • Mr. Dennis Arteaga '15
  • Mr. Mike E. Arteaga '16
  • Mr. Daniel Arterburn
  • Mr. Richard and Mrs. Linda Arth leaf
  • Ascension Lutheran Church (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Ascension St. Matthews Church (Price, UT)
  • Ms. Cheryl L. Aschenbach '93
  • Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Bettina Aschenbrenner leaf
  • Mr. Donald and Mrs. Cynthia Asher leaf
  • Mr. Larry and Mrs. Karen '91 Ashim
  • Mr. Eugene '68 and Mrs. Judith '64 Ashmore leaf
  • Ms. Audrey Askegard leaf
  • Mr. Jeffrey '76 and Mrs. Jocelyn Aslesen
  • Assured Life Association
  • AT&T Foundation
  • Mr. Mohammed and Mrs. Sayeda Athar leaf
  • Mr. Youssi Athar
  • Mr. Ron and Rev. Martha Atkins
  • Mr. David Flack and Mrs. Donna M. Audell-Flack '71
  • Mrs. Barbara J. Augsdorfer '83 leaf
  • Mr. Steven E. Augustine '74
  • Mrs. Linda Austin
  • Mr. Michael G. Austin '13
  • Mr. Peter and Mrs. Maria Austin
  • Autism Society Ventura County
  • Ms. Paula R. Avery '88
  • Mrs. Sheann Avery
  • Mr. David S. Avila '16
  • Mr. Edward and Mrs. Rebeca Avila leaf
  • Ms. Karla N. Aviles '16
  • Mr. Wayne Ayers
  • Rev. Ellen R. Ayres '11
  • Ms. Angela R. Azevedo '15
  • Mr. Mark and Mrs. Connie '83 Azevedo
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Amy '87 Babel
  • Mr. Erwin and Mrs. Ruth Bachofer
  • Mr. Grant Bagne
  • Mr. Matt and Mrs. Carianne Bagne
  • Mrs. Audrey L. Bahr leaf
  • Mr. James and Mrs. Madelyn Bailey
  • Mr. Ray and Mrs. Martha Bailey
  • Ms. Leticia Baines
  • Ms. Gail L. Baird '68 leaf
  • Mr. James '71 and Mrs. Janet '80 Baird leaf
  • Dr. Jeff T. Bajah '16
  • Mr. John and Mrs. Olga Bajo
  • Mr. Bradly Baker
  • Mrs. Casey R. Baker '12 leaf
  • Rev. David and Mrs. Gloria Baker
  • Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Lisa Baker leaf
  • Mr. Jeffery Baker leaf
  • Ms. Jayne Baker
  • Mr. Mark and Mrs. Connie Bakken
  • Mr. Shant Balci
  • Mrs. Barbara Balerud leaf
  • Ms. Annabelle L. Baley
  • Mr. Odis and Mrs. Lolita Ball
  • Ms. Deborah A. Ballard '92
  • Mrs. Lucille Ballard
  • Ms. Robyn L. Ballard '09 leaf
  • Rev. Faith N. Ballenger and Mr. Roger Katz
  • Ms. Sandra L. Ballentine '03 leaf
  • Rev. Julé Ballinger
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Jeanne Balsley
  • Mr. Benjamin D. Banaszklewicz '16
  • Ms. Jill A. Banaszynski '94 leaf
  • Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Sandra Bane
  • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Bank of the West
  • Ms. Mary D. Banks
  • Dr. Edward and Mrs. Jill Banman
  • Mr. Winthrop '09 and Mrs. Melissa Banning
  • Rev. Keith G. Banwart
  • Mr. Amador Barajas
  • Ms. Barbara L. Barajas '13
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