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Contact President Designate Chris Callahan

President Designate Chris Callahan

University of the Pacific will welcome Christopher Callahan as its 26th president on July 1. Callahan joins 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.

Before officially joining the university on July 1, President-Designate Callahan is conducting a “listening and learning” tour of Pacific, meeting with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and other university community members and supporters. A list of upcoming events appears below and will be updated on a regular basis. He is also making appearances in local media.

Upcoming Virtual Visits and Events:

  • July 1: Christopher Callahan officially joins Pacific as its new president
  • Spring 2021: Inauguration Ceremony

Previous Campus Visits and Events

  • May 28: Athletics
    • Director of Athletics: 1:00 p.m.
    • Head coaches: 3:30 p.m.
    • Staff: 4:30 p.m.
    • Student-athletes: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 27: Benerd College
    • Dean: 1:00 p.m.
    • Staff: 3:30 p.m.
  • May 21: Parents of admitted and confirmed students
  • May 19: Parents of admitted and confirmed students
  • May 14: Parents of admitted and confirmed students
  • April 29: Admitted students and families
  • April 26: Admitted students and families
  • April 25: Admitted students and families
  • April 23-24: Board of Regents meeting
  • April 10: School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • Dean: 2:00 p.m.
    • Staff: 3:00 p.m.
    • Students: 3:30 p.m.
    • Faculty: 4:00 p.m.
  • April 10
    • Office of the Provost: 8:30 a.m.
    • Office of Enrollment Management: 9:30 a.m.
    • Dean, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy: 11:00 a.m.
  • February 29: Dugoni Legacy Ball
  • January 23: Eberhardt School of Business
    • Dean and tour: 11:00 a.m.
    • Faculty: Noon (lunch)
    • Students: 1:00 p.m.
    • Staff: 1:30 p.m.
  • January 23: College of the Pacific
    • Dean and tour: 2:30 p.m.
    • Staff: 3:30 p.m.
    • Students: 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty: 4:30 p.m. (reception)
  • January 24: Office of Marketing and Communications
  • January 24: Cookies and conversations with students
    • President's Residence: 4:00 p.m.
  • January 25: Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • February 6-7: Board of Regents meeting