Christopher Kimball Named President of California Lutheran University

3/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Dr. Christopher W. Kimball will
become the seventh president of California Lutheran
University (CLU), Thousand Oaks, Calif., on April 1.
CLU's Board of Regents made the announcement to the
campus community March 6.  Kimball has been CLU's provost
and vice president for academic affairs since 2006.  
CLU is one of 28 colleges and universities of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
     Kimball will succeed the Rev. Howard E. Wennes,
who has served as interim president since July 2007.
     From 1991 to 2006, Kimball served in a variety
of administrative and teaching positions including
provost and dean of faculty at Augsburg College,
Minneapolis.  Augsburg is a college of the ELCA.
Kimball was a history professor at the University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, from 1989 to 1991.
     Kimball earned a bachelor's degree in history
at McGill University, Montreal, and a master's degree
and doctorate, both in history, from the University
of Chicago.  He is a published author and speaker on
academic affairs.  His scholarly work is in the field
of American history, specializing in social history
and the history of sport.
     Kimball was a chief architect of a new CLU
strategic plan approved by CLU's board in February.
The four-year plan focuses on attracting and retaining
a high-quality faculty, staff and student body, and
investing in programs and facilities like the $8.5
million Swenson Center for Academic Excellence.
     "Chris is a man of integrity and a man of action,"
said William J. Kane, Philadelphia, chair of CLU's
board. "With his distinguished career as a leader and
scholar and his passion for Lutheran higher education,
he embodies the academic excellence of CLU and is
uniquely qualified for the tasks ahead."
     "Chris' leadership will be crucial to CLU's
continued success as we approach our second-half
century," said Karen Bornemann Spies, Denver, member
of the board and the chair of CLU's presidential
search committee.
     Kimball and his wife, Liz and their two children
are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Thousand
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*Karin Grennan is media relations coordinator at
California Lutheran University.

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