Former ASU exec preps for new job as president of California university

Posted at 8:12 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 10:12:39-05

The University of the Pacific is poised to have new leadership for the first time in 11 years, and incoming president Chris Callahan says he's ready to make higher education more nimble.

With a background as a reporter and eventual dean of several journalism schools, Callahan says he’s not a “traditional academic," and that universities need to learn to be more reactive to the communities around them.

Callahan has spent the past 14 years as the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

He also serves at vice provost for ASU's downtown Phoenix campus, which has grown to an enrollment of 13,000 students under Callahan's leadership.

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