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CLU Leadership
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Read about Claremont Lincoln University's President, Tony Digiovanni, as well as all of the current Board Members at CLU.
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CLU Leadership
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Read about Claremont Lincoln University's President, Tony Digiovanni, as well as all of the current Board Members at CLU.

President's Message

Tony Digiovanni, President

Welcome to Claremont Lincoln University. This is an institution like no other and I'm glad you found us. These challenging times require new leadership models and we are proud to report that Claremont Lincoln University's Socially Conscious Education® delivers. As an innovative online graduate university, we are cultivating and inspiring transformational leaders through rigorous academic inquiry applied to meet the practical needs of the world. Every student leaves Claremont Lincoln with greater self-awareness, as well as proficiency in effective processes and practices to lead positive change.

Our core values are rooted in the belief that creating a society based on the Golden Rule—to treat someone as you would like to be treated—is integral in leading positive social change.

Our educational model immerses students in a dynamic, online learning community and explores the deep knowledge of the guiding principles for understanding, cooperation, and collaboration among all people.

Our faculty are experienced and innovative change scholars-practitioners committed to a meaningful partnership with each student.

Our students are social entrepreneurs -- the next generation of socially responsible, ethically grounded leaders. They come to Claremont Lincoln with a personal vision to turn passion into action, and leave empowered with advanced skills and knowledge to make positive social change in their communities.

The end result: Social impact multiplied on a global scale, one Claremont Lincoln graduate at a time.

Our growing community shares a common desire to work towards a better world, and I invite you to take a closer look at the social transformation that happens at the intersection of passion, inquiry, and the practical needs of the world...with life-changing results.

Enjoy your educational journey with CLU.

CLU Board of Directors
Tony Digiovanni, President and CEO

Digiovanni has been a Board Member of CLU since 2016. He last served as CEO of a venture-backed startup organization in higher education, Ameritas Educational Services. From 2007 to 2011, Digiovanni was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment for Education Management Corporation. Prior to that, Digiovanni served with Corinthian Colleges as President and COO, and also with the University of Phoenix in various executive positions. Digiovanni was the first President of University of Phoenix Online and helped take the organization public in September 2000.

Mr. Digiovanni has lobbied in Sacramento and the U.S. Congress on behalf of the higher education sector, and has participated as a speaker in numerous education conferences throughout the U.S. In November 2001 he was the Plenary Speaker at the Sloan International Conference of Online Learning. Digiovanni serves on the Board of Regents of his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, and with the School of Education on their Board of Visitors. He is also a Board Member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Digiovanni has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Kathryn J. Lincoln, Board Chair

Kathryn J. Lincoln is Chair and Chief Investment Officer of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a non-profit educational institution teaching land economics and taxation, and has held this position since 1996. She also served as President of the Lincoln Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation that supported the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, from 1999 to October 2006. Her grandfather, John C. Lincoln, founded the Lincoln Electric Company headquartered there and established the Lincoln Foundation in 1946. Her father, David Lincoln, established the Lincoln Institute in 1974.

Tom Becker

Tom Becker is the retired President of the Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit education center located in Chautauqua, New York. Mr. Becker joined Chautauqua Institution in 1985 as Vice President of Development, and Vice President of the Chautauqua Foundation. He later served as Executive Vice President for Development of Chautauqua Institution and as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. As CEO, Mr. Becker oversaw the growth of the Foundation into a professional fund-raising organization achieving over $100 million in support of the Institution and successfully guided campaigns to build and endow Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall and Bratton Theater. Most recently, he successfully led the effort to raise $41.5 million in philanthropy for the renewal of the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Jerry Campbell, President Emeritus

Dr. Jerry Campbell is a founding member and former President of Claremont Lincoln University as well as a former President of Claremont School of Theology. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Campbell previously served as Chief Information Officer and Dean of Libraries at University of Southern California, and as chief librarian and faculty member at the Iliff School of Theology, Perkins School of Theology, and Duke University. Dr. Campbell holds a B.A. from McMurry University, an M.Div. from Duke University, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Denver.

Steven R. Chanen

Steven Chanen is Chief Executive Officer of Chanen Construction Company, ranked as one of the largest five builders in the Southwestern United States, and one of the 400 largest builders in the nation, according to Engineering News Record. The company this year is celebrating its 60th year in business and the completion of $14 billion of work throughout the U.S. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University and is part of an executive education program at Harvard Business School and its MBA program. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated broad support of business organizations and local and national nonprofits through his involvement as board member, award recipient and philanthropist.

Keith Drake

Keith Drake is Senior Vice President and Regional Manager at Torrey Pines Bank, Los Angeles. He is an accomplished banker with an impressive track record of success spanning over 30 years in consumer and business banking as well as commercial lending. Mr. Drake was most recently the Community Development Manager at City National Bank and has also worked for Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles. He is currently a board member of the Los Angeles Urban League and the California African American Museum, as well as national board member of the Boys and Girls Club of America. Mr. Drake is also past chairman of the Los Angeles Greater African American Chamber of Commerce Foundation, past board member for Challenger Boys and Girls Club, and past Advisor to Vermont Village Community Development Corporation.

Elizabeth Griego, Ph.D.

Dr. Griego is currently principal of the higher education consulting firm Elizabeth Griego & Associates. She has served in executive positions in a range of universities, including 18 years as vice president of student affairs, most recently at the University of the Pacific. As a committed educator and invested mentor, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, serving as professor of education at Pacific.

Dr. Griego was elected to the positions president of the California Association of Institutional Research and national president of NASPA, Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education. She also served regional accreditation as vice president at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which enables diverse perspectives in working with institutions.

James Manifold

James Manifold, retired, was the Vice President of Business Affairs and Treasurer of Scripps College in Claremont, California. During his tenure, the Scripps College endowment grew from $20 million in 1982 to more than $220 million in 2011. Manifold has also been a pioneer in college financial reporting, increasing fiscal transparency, and leading several accounting trends in higher education. Mr. Manifold has been a leader in supporting the Claremont Consortium in the areas of physical plant infrastructure, employee benefits, risk management, and campus dining service. He has also been active in the Claremont community by serving on the City’s General Plan Advisory Committee and is currently on the Architectural Commission. He has served on accreditation teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has published several articles on endowment investing, deferred maintenance, and strategic planning.

Nolan A. Miura

Nolan A. Miura currently serves on Trident University’s Board of Trustees as Vice Chair and is a former interim CEO for the university. Mr. Miura previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Heald College and was a member of the institution’s Board of Trustees. He also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Gryphon Colleges Corporation as well as President and Chief Operating Officer for Rhodes Colleges Inc. a division of Corinthians Colleges Inc. and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Corinthians Colleges Inc. Mr. Miura has also held senior management positions in marketing business development and finance with ARCO. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and B.S. from California State University Long Beach.

Lynn Priddy, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn Priddy is currently the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University. She was Vice President for Accreditation Services at The Higher Learning Commission. There she also served in the roles of Director of Education and Training and Peer Review as well as Assistant Director of the Peer Corps and Support Processes. Prior to that Dr. Priddy was Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, then Vice President of Planning, Evaluation, and Improvement, for Nicolet College, where she received the Board Award for outstanding service. She has a PhD in Higher Education from Capella University; an MA in English and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she was named Young Researcher of the Year; and a BA in English from the State University of New York.

Dr. Marjorie Beale

Educated at MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley, worked for eight years as a faculty member at UC Irvine before transitioning to a successful career in institutional fundraising. She restructured and led several fundraising programs at California Institute of Technology, helping the Institute surpass the $1.5 billion mark in their $2 billion BreakThrough Campaign. Shortly after launching an independent consulting practice in 2018 focused on research development and social impact investing, Marjorie began volunteering with Claremont Lincoln University. She currently works with the development team at The University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Williams

Bob Williams spent his earlier career practicing corporate law before founding and leading an investment firm advising middle-market companies on mergers, acquisitions and financings. He transitioned to work as Chairman and CEO for Conversive, Inc., a software company which was then sold to Avaya, Inc. in 2012. Remaining very active in entrepreneurial endeavors and in his community, Bob has always kept his passion for civic service and philanthropy at the forefront of his work. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of Heal the Bay and is an active member of both the Jonathan Club and Mosaic Church, Hollywood.

David Lincoln, Founding Board Chair

In Memoriam 1925-2018David Lincoln was a founding member of Claremont Lincoln University, who enjoyed a diverse career as an aerospace engineer, businessman, philanthropist, and non-profit leader. His interests were tremendously successful, not only due to his entrepreneurship, business acumen and management practices, but also his ethical commitment to advancing the common good. He served on numerous non-profit and educational boards, and was philanthropically involved with many educational and ethical endeavors, including Claremont Lincoln University until he passed in March 2018.