University of the Pacific in Stockton named the man to lead the school as its next president Thursday, introducing Chris Callahan as the 26th president California’s oldest chartered university.
UOP Regent Kevin Huber introduced the new president of the university before a crowd of a couple of hundred.
Callahan comes from Arizona State University where he is dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Under his leadership, he helped to double enrollment and diversity, increased student retention, and increased the graduation rate by 75 percent.
He told the assembled crowd of students, staff, and faculty that he looked forward to a successful partnership.
“University of the Pacific is ideally situated to not just take on those challenges but to rise above them and to be one of the great universities in the United States,” Callahan said.
Callahan succeeds former president Pamela Eibeck who retired earlier this year. He will take office in July of 2020.
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