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President Chris CallahanUniversity of the Pacific welcomed Christopher Callahan as its 26th president on July 1, 2020. Callahan joined Pacific from Arizona State University, where he was the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and led it to become one of the nation’s top programs.

Callahan has an impressive track record of developing programs and leading efforts that dramatically increased student enrollment, retention, diversity, graduation rates and recruitment of out-of-state students. Learn more about his  professional experience and background.

He brings great ideas for unifying Pacific’s distinctive three-campus university in new ways. Callahan says that “…Pacific provides students the best attributes of a national comprehensive university combined with the close-knit, intimate learning environment of a small liberal arts college. It is truly the best of both worlds.”

Callahan and his wife, Jean, a human resources executive, will live in the President’s Residence on the Stockton Campus.

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