In 2017-2018 the university began to see its strategic goals for 2022 taking shape. Under the new strategic plan, Cal Lutheran is committed to reflecting California’s diversity in its demographics, developing programs to better serve current and prospective students, and building and enhancing facilities while growing the endowment.
These goals come under three headings – inclusion, innovation and investment – and we advanced each one of them throughout the fiscal year.
In the fall of 2017, we welcomed the largest and most diverse freshman class in Cal Lutheran history, while the Latina/o population surpassed 30 percent of the undergraduate student body for the first time. During months of work, Provost Leanne Neilson and members of the faculty collaborated with the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education to craft a vision for greater equity, with an emphasis on improvements in the search and hiring processes for faculty of color. Thanks to their efforts, the percentage of these faculty members rose during and beyond the fiscal year and now is at 29 percent.
The university was recognized for innovation of all kinds in a national Council of Independent Colleges report, and it completed work leading to the launch of two new programs this fall: an undergraduate major in hospitality and tourism management and a master’s degree in management for non-business majors.
2017-2018 saw the opening of the $8 million William Rolland Art Center, and a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $34 million science center that will transform the main campus’ academic corridor. With more than $20 million pledged for one of the most important building projects in university history, we were able to announce the public phase of the science center’s capital campaign.
At the same time, thanks to the search committee led by Matthew Ward, our vice president of enrollment and marketing, we identified and hired Cal Lutheran’s new top fundraiser, Regina Biddings-Muro, who began work as vice president of university advancement after the fiscal year’s conclusion.
It is my honor to serve as Cal Lutheran’s president, working with faculty, staff, alumni and the university’s many friends to prepare students to make a difference in our region and world. To catch some of the excitement that characterizes Cal Lutheran, I encourage you to read this report, but also to visit us and find us on social media. Performances, exhibitions, campus tours, and opportunities to study and get involved await you.
We hope to see you on campus soon.
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.
Science center in the works
A ceremonial groundbreaking in February officially cleared the way for a transformative new science center in the academic corridor of the main campus. By fall 2020, a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility will connect to the existing Ahmanson Science Center through a bridge walkway and will more than double the amount of space dedicated to science. It will house the entire chemistry program, part of the biology and exercise science programs, 12 teaching labs and eight research labs, faculty offices and collaborative spaces. The labs are designed for investigations in biomechanics, organic synthesis, physiology and neuroscience, marine biology, cell and developmental genetics, exercise physiology ergometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance.
Earlier in the fiscal year, the university announced that it had raised $20.8 million toward the project and launched the public phase of the campaign to bring in the final dollars. The last of the chicken coops that had been converted into classrooms in Cal Lutheran’s early days were demolished in January.
William Rolland Art Center opens
When the fall 2017 semester began for the largest undergraduate student body in university history, a new $8 million William Rolland Art Center was ready and waiting. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building brings all of the art classrooms and faculty offices under the same roof for the first time and also houses the Multimedia Department. It has studios for drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and watercolor/design along with lecture classrooms, a screening room, and computer, multimedia and editing labs. Filled with light, the building features high ceilings with exposed beams and ducts and environmentally friendly features.
University cited as an innovator
A report released in March by the Council of Independent Colleges highlighted Cal Lutheran’s innovative responses to a series of challenges. “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples From the Sector” is designed as a guidebook for leaders who are pushing for change.
The report detailed initiatives from recent years. To attract and retain students, it noted, the university added athletic programs: a five-team junior varsity program in 2009, women’s golf in 2011 and men’s volleyball in 2014. In 2016, it moved quickly to offer north campus as a temporary training site for the Los Angeles Rams football team, which paid for two practice fields, a paved parking lot and other permanent infrastructure. The university in 2014 increased its financial support for veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program so that they don’t pay any tuition or fees. In 2008, it launched the Public Price Promise, which matched the cost of attendance for students admitted to selected University of California colleges, leading to increased enrollment for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The report noted Cal Lutheran’s Scandinavian roots and its evolution to become a Hispanic-serving institution.
Bachelor’s in hospitality and tourism management
After two years of work with more than 50 industry leaders, the School of Management in February announced the launch of a bachelor’s degree program in hospitality and tourism management, the only one available from a private institution in Southern California. The first courses in the undergraduate major were planned for fall 2018. Companies had already committed to more than 50 internships, which will be required of students, and study abroad opportunities are available.
The university was also preparing to launch new graduate programs later in 2018: a master’s in management for non-business majors and an educational leadership program in Santa Maria, its first doctoral program outside of Ventura County.
First-of-its-kind market for groundwater
California’s first formal, centralized exchange for individual landowners to buy and sell groundwater was launched on the Oxnard Plain in the summer of 2017, with the university’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) managing all aspects of it. A brainchild of CERF executive director Matthew Fienup, the market allows farmers to transfer unused groundwater allocations for financial compensation instead of being effectively penalized for conserving resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $1.9 million grant to expand the pilot project in 2017.
Along with his School of Management colleague Edgar Terry, who is also president of Terry Farms, Fienup spent more than a year guiding about 50 farmers, city representatives and environmental stewards in the development of recommendations for the market-based remedy for groundwater depletion.
Class taught inside of jail
In the spring, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice taught the first college class inside a Ventura County jail for both incarcerated and traditional students. Schannae Lucas worked for more than two years to bring the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to Todd Road Jail near Santa Paula, making Cal Lutheran one of only five participating California colleges. In an unusual move, the university extended college credit to incarcerated students enrolled in Examining Social, Crime and Justice Issues.
Inside-Out was launched in 1997 to bring traditional college students and inmates together as peers for learning and dialogue in order to break down social barriers, help students find and value their voices, and stimulate inmates’ interest in continuing their education. The long-term goals are to reduce the likelihood of the inmates returning to jail and to inspire all the students to address social concerns related to crime, justice and inequality.
Research team tackles antibiotic resistance
The National Science Foundation awarded two faculty members a three-year $195,000 grant to work with undergraduate students to research proteins that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive. Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Jason Kingsbury, an assistant professor of organic chemistry, use state-of-the-art techniques including X-ray crystallography and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
The Cal Lutheran team is researching the structure and behavior of an understudied family of proteins called NIS synthetases. These enzymes are involved in the creation of small iron-binding metabolites that enable the most virulent pathogenic bacteria, such as staph or anthrax, to steal the iron they need to function optimally and to survive. The research will lay a foundation for the possible development of antibiotics that thwart this iron acquisition. Drug resistance in virulent bacteria has grown so remarkably during the past several decades that the need for new antibiotic agents is reaching a critical point.
KCLU journalist wins 3rd national award
In June 2017, KCLU Radio news director Lance Orozco picked up his third national award for excellence in journalism in Washington, D.C. This time, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) honored him with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Radio Breaking News Reporting among small-market stations. Orozco won for his continuing, on-scene coverage of the 7,400-acre Sherpa Fire, which burned for nearly a month the previous summer, twice forcing the shutdown of Highway 101. His coverage featured comments from firefighters and residents as well as the sounds of helicopters, tractors and chainsaws used to fight the brush fire.
The other national honors were, in 2010, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Audio Sports Reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association for his profile of the oldest living team member of the Dodgers and, in 2013, Best Feature Reporting from the SPJ for his story chronicling his own battle with kidney cancer. Orozco has won more than 200 regional journalism awards for KCLU and has been named the Associated Press Small-Market Reporter of the Year in the western United States 10 times.
Alumnus receives top-tier Fulbright grantErik Fruth ’14 is the first Cal Lutheran graduate to win a Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Award, the program’s most competitive student fellowship. With degrees in global studies and German and a command of both Lao and Mandarin, Fruth was to spend 10 months in Laos studying stakeholder interaction regarding hydropower development along the Mekong River. Since 2009, five Cal Lutheran alumni have received Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards.
Berkeley seminary campus sold
The hilltop property in Berkeley where Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary operated for 65 years was sold in the fall to Zaytuna College, a Muslim liberal arts college. PLTS had moved to an office building on Center Street in downtown Berkeley at the end of the previous fiscal year. The sale of the hilltop property will contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of the theological seminary, which became part of Cal Lutheran in 2014.
Financial Report 2017-2018
California Lutheran University did well financially during the fiscal year ending May 31, 2018. Total institutional assets increased to $350.4 million, up from $329.9 million in the previous year. Net assets (total assets less liabilities) increased to $253.8 million, up from $244.2 million, due to market gains of the endowment, the gain on the sale of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary property and operating gains from higher tuition and auxiliary revenue.
Revenues and Expenses
Due to good operating performance and investment returns, revenue exceeded expenses by $9.6 million. Total revenues and gains are $126.4 million, down from $127.6 million in the previous fiscal year primarily due to large capital giving in the prior year. Operating revenue increased to $120.1 million from $114.0 million in the prior year, while non-operating revenue was down to $6.2 million from $13.6 million in the prior year primarily due to the prior year’s large capital giving.
Net tuition revenues in 2017-2018 increased to $81.5 million from $77.7 million in the previous year. (All of the revenue figures above are net calculations. They do not count tuition covered by institutional scholarships and grants: $54.7 million in 2017-2018 and $50.6 million in 2016-2017.)
Expenses increased to $116.8 million for the fiscal year, up from $112.0 million.
Total assets increased by $20.5 million, liabilities increased by $10.9 million, and net assets increased by $9.6 million. Cash increased to $78.7 million, from $59.8 million, primarily due to $15.0 million borrowed to build a new science center.
Contributions receivable decreased to $7.5 million, from $8.3 million. During the year, the value of Cal Lutheran’s endowment increased by $10.4 million to $108.8 million, primarily due to the proceeds from the sale of PLTS property going to the endowment.
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 $129.1 million, from $130.9 million in the previous year, primarily due to depreciation.
Donor contributions are a significant factor in the continued financial strengthening of Cal Lutheran. Charitable giving during the period consisted of 11,332 gifts⭑︎ and pledges from 5,143 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 2017-2018 fiscal report includes:
|Organization||Unrestricted Gifts||Restricted Gifts
(includes Capital, Endowment, Scholarships, and Deferred Gifts)
✝︎ Includes CLU Annual Fund and CLU Church
We are grateful to all of our 2017-2018 donors for sharing in Cal Lutheran’s mission and success. For additional information about our audited financial statements, please visit the Office of the President’s website.
⭑︎ Note: The charitable giving figure reflects the number of gifts only and does not include pledges.
None of our successes would be possible without the generous support of our alumni, family and friends around the world. With your gifts to Cal Lutheran, you 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 is a list of those who generously supported Cal Lutheran during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
University Advancement has made its best effort to provide complete and accurate information for this Honor Roll listing. If you notice any inadvertent errors or omissions, please contact Advancement at (805) 493-3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oak Tree Society (Donors to the CLU Annual Fund for three or more years consecutively)
Donor to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Mr. John Aakre and Mrs. Cynthia Michael
- Ms. Ashley E. Aaland '16
- Dr. Norman and Mrs. Margaret Aarestad
- Ms. Rhonda Aasen
- Ms. Alyssa Abano
- Ms. Elaine R. Abarta '18
- Mr. Greg and Mrs. Joyce Abarta
- Ms. Nakiessa Abbassi
- Mr. Richard '84 and Mrs. Kathy Abbott
- Rev. Rani Abdulmasih
- Mr. Eduards and Mrs. Jill Abele
- Mr. Asad and Mrs. Hina Abidi
- Dr. Moustapha and Mrs. Joanie Abou-Samra
- Mr. Jason Abrahamson
- Mrs. Kim Abrahamson
- Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Suzanne Acampora
- Ms. Alethea K. Acasio '15
- Mr. Benito and Mrs. Robin Acasio
- Mr. Jeremy Ackmann
- Mr. Juan and Mrs. Andrea '01 Acosta
- Ms. Corrin Acosta
- Mr. Zoltan and Mrs. Maria Adalbert
- Mr. Henry and Mrs. Melin '74 Adalian
- Ms. Margaretta Adamo
- Mrs. Kristina R. Adams '91
- Mr. David and Mrs. Stacey '02 Adams
- Mr. Michael and Mrs. Rachael '83 Adamske
- Mr. Michael and Mrs. Lora Adler
- Advent Lutheran Church (Citrus Heights, CA)
- Advent Lutheran Church (Spokane Valley, WA)
- Revs. Gabi and Meghan '01 Aelabouni
- Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation
- Aetna Foundation, Inc.
- Agoura Business Center West, LLC
- Mr. Roberto and Rev. Corazon Aguilar
- Ms. Emma Aguilar
- Mr. Robert and Mrs. Rita Aguilar
- Mr. Edward and Mrs. Samantha '16 Aguilar
- Mr. Federico Aguirre
- Mr. Marc and Mrs. Jessica Aguirre
- Mr. Armando and Mrs. Patricia '03 Aguirre
- Mr. John and Mrs. Barbara Ahlquist
- Mr. William Ahmanson
- Mr. Peter and Mrs. Christiane Ahn
- Mr. Kirby M. Ai '13
- Mr. Brian and Mrs. Janice Akahiji
- Mrs. Penny L. Akashi '75
- Dr. Alireza and Mrs. Terri Akbari
- Mr. Alexander Akpodiete
- Mr. Mohammed M. Al Zaher '13
- Ms. Jeri M. Alacano '83
- Ms. Esmeralda Aladuena Salcido
- Mr. Peter '83 and Mrs. Tina Alamar
- Ms. Maria Alamin
- Alaska Synod - ELCA
- Ms. Jacqueline T. Albers '18
- Ms. Allison Albert
- Mr. Anthony Albert
- Mr. Mark and Mrs. Yasong Albert
- Mr. Saoud Albuainain '18
- Mr. Gustavo A. Aldana '01 and Mrs. Kristin C. Aldana-Taday
- Mr. Jose and Mrs. Guadalupe Aldana
- Mrs. Erna Alder
- Ms. Rebecca Aldrich Hansen
- Mr. Conrad N. Aleks '14
- Mr. Carlos Aleman
- Ms. Feven S. Aleto '18
- Mr. Brian J. Alex '18
- Mr. Paul W. Alex '15
- Mr. James L. Stanton and Mrs. Cathy D. Alexander '00
- Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Dianne Alexander
- Ms. Kelly N. Alexander '08
- Ms. Pamela C. Alexander '80
- Dr. Sargon '12 and Mrs. Robinette Alkhas
- All Saints Lutheran Church (Novato, CA)
- Mr. Christian Allen
- Mr. Christian and Mrs. Mary Allen
- Mr. Nolan '85 and Mrs. Alice Allen
- Mr. David and Mrs. Patricia '74 Allen
- Mr. Robert J. Allen '85
- Mr. David Allgeier
- Ms. Lisa A. Allison '87
- Dr. Robert '09 and Mrs. Cydney Allison
- Mr. James and Mrs. Rosemary Allison
- Mr. Michael and Mrs. Laura Almquist
- Ms. Susana Alonso
- Ms. Reem A. Alsheaebi '18
- Alta Data Technologies, LLC
- Ms. Kelsey B. Alter '17
- Mr. Oscar E. Alvarado '18
- Ms. Cynthia I. Alvarez '18
- Mrs. Yolanda Alvarez '15
- Mr. Andrew S. Alwin '17
- Mr. David and Mrs. Annie Alwin
- Mr. William and Mrs. Jean Amador
- Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Kirsten Amantia
- Ms. Natalie Amantia
- Mr. Jacob Amaro '18
- Amateur Baseball Development Group, Inc.
- AmazonSmile Foundation
- American Guild of Organists - Ventura County Chapter
- American Lutheran Church (Woodland, CA)
- Dr. Steven and Mrs. Carol Ames
- Mr. David and Mrs. Krystle '04 Amezcua
- Amgen, Inc.
- Mr. Ira and Mrs. Emily Amilhussin
- Mr. Tony and Rev. Sharon '91 Amundson
- Ms. Jessica A. Amzoll '07
- Mr. Gabriel and Mrs. Nicole Andeen
- Dr. Gary and Mrs. Patricia Andeen
- Rev. Carl '68 and Mrs. Penny Andersen
- Mrs. Donna J. Andersen '68
- Ms. Ruth Andersen
- Ms. Alyssa R. Anderson '18
- Mrs. Audrey Anderson
- Bishop Emer. J. Roger, H'87, and Mrs. Beverly Anderson
- Mr. David '84 and Mrs. Jana Anderson
- Mr. Douglas '76 and Mrs. Carol '79 Anderson
- Dr. Phillip and Mrs. Gayle '88 Anderson
- Mr. Robert and Mrs. Gaylene Anderson
- Mr. Gerald '65 and Mrs. Barbara Anderson
- Mr. Jack '67 and Mrs. Judith '68 Anderson
- Rev. James and Mrs. Diane Anderson
- Ms. Jennifer I. Anderson '18
- Rev. Jonathan and Mrs. Laura Anderson
- Mr. Leslie and Mrs. D'Ann Anderson
- Mr. Marvin and Mrs. Marjorie Anderson
- Mrs. Marsha P. Anderson
- Ms. Meribeth Anderson
- Rev. Michael and Mrs. Patricia Anderson
- Rev. Drs. Herbert and Phyllis Anderson
- Rev. Matthew '04 and Mrs. Rebecca '04 Anderson
- Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Anderson
- Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Walda Anderson
- Ms. Sara L. Anderson '15
- Rev. Susan E. Anderson
- Mr. Terry '09 and Mrs. Kristie Anderson
- Mr. Tom and Mrs. Christine Anderson
- Mr. Andre T. Andoyan '14
- Ms. Mireya Andrade
- Mr. Richard and Mrs. Patricia '95 Andre
- Mr. Lloyd '66 and Mrs. Laura Andreas
- Mr. Robert and Mrs. Brandy Andrews
- Mr. Wilbert E. Andrews '18
- Ms. Cristalenia E. Andrikos '11
- Mr. Derek F. Andrzejewski '14
- Mr. John and Mrs. Marjorie Andrzejewski
- Mr. Mark and Mrs. Eileen Angel
- Anheuser Busch Foundation
- Anonymous (39)
- Mr. Robert and Mrs. Marilyn Anthold
- Mr. Carlos Antillon
- Mr. James Antosh
- Ms. Erin M. Antrim '14
- Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler
- Ms. Pia Aquije '17
- Ms. Kylene Y. Aquino '18
- Mr. Michael '09 and Mrs. Candice '09 Aragon
- Mr. Mike and Mrs. Marcia Aragon
- Mr. Anthony J. Araiza '18
- Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Georgia Araiza
- Mrs. Dorothy Arata
- Rev. Dr. William and Mrs. Sandra Arbaugh
- Mr. Timothy Perlick and Mrs. Andrea L. Arey
- Ms. Macie Arguelles
- Mr. Jose M. Figueroa and Mrs. Carmen Arias
- Ms. Klarissa J. Arias '18
- Mr. Michael Arias and Mrs. Laila Karson Arias
- Mr. Pedro Armendariz
- Ms. Angela Armenta
- Mr. Mario and Mrs. Deonna '97 Armijo
- Ms. Amanda L. Armstrong '18
- Mr. Arthur L. Armstrong '06
- Mr. Mitchell J. Armstrong '15
- Mr. Robert '93 and Mrs. Phoebe Armstrong
- Revs. David and Mary Armstrong-Reiner
- Mr. Moti and Mrs. Avigail Arnaldes
- Mrs. Cynthia Arndt
- Mrs. Maria K. Arndt '18
- Mr. Michael J. Arndt
- Mr. Bradford '08 and Mrs. Kirsten Arnold
- Mr. Frederick Arnold
- Mr. Joel '97 and Mrs. Kerri Arnold
- Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Lisa Aronson
- Mr. Raymundo and Dr. Trudy Arriaga
- Ms. Robin Arriaga-Atallah
- Ms. Tania Arroyo '18
- Mr. Demecio and Mrs. Josefina Arteaga
- Mr. Dennis Arteaga '15
- Mr. Maximilliano and Mrs. Iris Arteaga
- Mr. Richard and Mrs. Linda Arth
- Mr. Oscar and Mrs. Lauren Arzu
- Ascension St. Matthews Church (Price, UT)
- Ms. Cheryl L. Aschenbach '93
- Mr. Joey P. Aschoff '86 and Mrs. Joan I. Malcolm-Aschoff
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Ash
- Mr. Donald and Mrs. Cynthia Asher
- Mr. Eugene '68 and Mrs. Judith '64 Ashmore
- Mr. Kianoosh Ashtari '18
- Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Yvette Aslanian
- Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Eileen Asmundson
- Assured Life Association
- Ms. Michelle Atkinson
- Mr. David Flack and Mrs. Donna M. Audell-Flack '71
- Ms. Barbara J. Augsdorfer '83
- Mrs. Linda Austin
- Mr. Michael G. Austin '13
- Mr. Peter and Mrs. Maria Austin
- Ms. Rebecca A. Austin '18
- Mr. Brian A. Austria '17
- Autism Society Ventura County
- Dr. Salimu P. Autry '10
- Ms. Isabel A. Avakian '18
- Avalan, LLC
- Ms. Vanessa Avalos
- Mr. Arik and Mrs. Adrine Avaneszadeh
- Mr. David and Mrs. Candyce Avella
- Ms. Paula R. Avery '88
- Mrs. Sheann Avery
- Mr. David S. Avila '16
- Mr. Jose and Mrs. Leira '13 Avila
- Ms. Savannah Aviles '17
- Mr. Babatunde Awe
- AXIS Specialty U.S. Services, Inc.
- Ms. Johanna Ayala '18
- Mr. Emonena and Mrs. Remi Ayetuoma
- Ms. Brittny N. Azari '18
- Mr. Mark and Mrs. Connie '83 Azevedo
- Mr. Erwin and Mrs. Ruth Bachofer
- Mr. Aydin and Mrs. Lala Badal
- Mr. Ishanjit Singh Badwal '17
- Mr. Paul M. G. Baens and Mrs. Shirley A. Velarde-Baens
- Mr. Christopher Bagnaschi and Mrs. Tanya Ghantous
- Mr. Grant E. Bagne '18
- Mr. Matt and Mrs. Carianne Bagne
- Ms. Paige Bagne
- Mrs. Audrey L. Bahr
- Ms. Anahita Bahraniasl '15
- Mr. Ali Baig '07
- Mr. James and Mrs. Madelyn Bailey
- Ms. Kristin A. Bailey '15
- Mr. Ray and Mrs. Martha Bailey
- Ms. Leticia Baines
- Ms. Gail L. Baird '68
- Mr. James '71 and Mrs. Janet '80 Baird
- Mr. John and Mrs. Olga Bajo
- Capt. Tristan and Mrs. Casey '12 Baker
- Rev. David and Mrs. Gloria Baker
- Rev. Jane '06 and Mr. Barry Baker
- Mr. Jeffery Baker