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President's Message

Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., President and CEO

Welcome to Claremont Lincoln University. I am thrilled and honored to serve current and future public, non-profit, and corporate leaders as Claremont Lincoln University’s fourth President. As a new institution dedicated to a “practivist” education, CLU develops inclusive, ethical, and authentic leaders who are committed to profound impact and positive social change in workplaces and communities across the nation. Throughout my career, I have purposefully sought out institutions that serve diverse populations and challenge systemic disparities. CLU is such an institution.

I am passionate about CLU because its distinctive education focuses on what we must collectively learn, become, and do to tackle current and future real-world challenges. Every course, certificate, and program is career relevant, steeped in lessons of leadership, and infused with critical tools for current and future professionals. Our students, their aspirations, and their priorities come first. CLU offers them extensive support systems, streamlined processes, flexible schedules, and professional coaching. Our faculty and staff devote themselves to working adults and their future careers as changemakers.

Most importantly, our culture exudes mindfulness and respect for all, dialogue that opens hearts, and collaboration that makes it possible to be our very best, together. As President I must safeguard these values above all else in order to create an environment in which students, faculty, staff, and community thrive, innovate, and collaborate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and sustainability--for all people and for our planet. We focus on what matters most to make a significant difference. At CLU, it’s not just about a work life; it’s about your life’s work. We’re here for good. Come join us.

Claremont Lincoln University focuses on Socially Conscious Education® designed to make positive social change. Our vision is a world filled with ethical and mindful leaders instilled with the knowledge and courage to enact change. Our students make a difference because they are the type of leaders who take notice of issues that matter—big or small—every single day. They are driven, passionate, career-focused, and compelled to make meaningful and lasting change in their communities and the world.

We are creating a new leadership ecosystem. CLU’s education is about leadership—ethical, genuine, authentic, humble, make-a-difference-every-day, activist leadership. The Claremont Core®, a distinctive and socially conscious leadership curricula, permeates all teaching and learning. It is Claremont Lincoln University’s signature. Our graduates are transformational leaders who embolden other leaders to build an ecosystem in which everyone treats others with abundance, care, empathy, and respect.

We aren’t just an education, we’re a movement. CLU itself is a changemaker university. Our faculty and groundbreaking curricula engage students deeply in current, real-world roles and work. Learning focuses on today’s issues, trends, and innovations. Practical cases, deep discussions, capstone projects, and internships immerse students directly into their career fields, simultaneously challenging them to acquire the attributes to lead courageously and with integrity. In fact, our students and faculty lead positive social change during, not after, their education.

We are online on purpose, flexible, and constantly innovating. Our engaged online experience makes our leadership models accessible to everyone, wherever they are in their careers or lives or geographically. Our programs are always expanding to meet the needs of today with the solutions, innovation, and thinking of tomorrow. We achieve this by collaborating with like-minded organizations that further positive social change and by engaging faculty that are scholar-practitioners in their fields.

We’re at our best when we’re collaborating to design and deliver unique offerings and the exact learning needed now.

The world needs transformational leaders. The world needs Claremont Lincoln University.

Please start a conversation with us,
Lynn Priddy,
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Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., President and CEO

Dr. Priddy is inspired to advance the mission and vision of CLU, building a new ecosystem of “practivist” leaders empowered with the knowledge and courage to make a significant difference wherever they live and work. At CLU she champions innovative partnerships, including the university’s collaboration with the globally recognized Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, with a focus on groundbreaking solutions for social equity and urban sustainability.

Her career in higher education spans more than 35 years, holding positions of faculty, director of research and assessment, provost and chief academic officer, executive vice president of strategic planning and advancement, executive advisor to the board, and president and strategic advisor to the president. From 1999 to 2013, she served The Higher Learning Commission, the largest US regional accreditor, the last four years as its vice president of accreditation services. While there, she redefined and led the processes for institutional change and decision-making and served as the creator and founding director of the Commission's Academies for Assessment of Student learning and Student Persistence and Completion. From 2013 to 2020, she served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer and then Executive Advisor and Provost Emeritus for National American University. Her tenure included assisting multiple institutions through unique mergers and partnerships, as well as turn-around and teach out arrangements, the latter allowing more than 4,000 students from abruptly closed institutions to complete their degrees. Prior to both these positions, Lynn served as faculty, director, dean, and vice president for one of three community and technical colleges, Nicolet Area Technical College, in Wisconsin.

Most recently, she has used her board roles to foster distinctive, emerging graduate institutions, including serving on the board of Claremont Lincoln Institution. Known as an innovator, inspirational leader, and gamechanger, Lynn has focused since the late 1990’s on high-quality, deeply engaged online learning as a means for access, affordability, and equity. She currently serves on several board and council positions including University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, the American University of Bahrain, and the Society for College and University Planning. She has consulted extensively in higher education strategy, change, and quality assurance and improvement both in the US and abroad.

Lynn’s work continues to focus on large-scale collaboration and conversation that focuses people on transforming higher education to focus on what matters most to make the most significant difference…next.

Tony Digiovanni, Strategic Advisor to President

Digiovanni has been a Board Member of CLU since 2016 and is a former President of Claremont Lincoln University from 2019 to 2021. 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.

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.

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.