Christopher Callahan is a university executive with more than 25 years of academic leadership experience. He is the 26th president of University of the Pacific, the nationally ranked private California university with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco. California’s oldest chartered university, Pacific offers 100 degree programs and areas of studies to more than 6,400 students with an emphasis on immersive academic studies and deep experiential learning.
His student-centric leadership style focuses on equal parts collaboration, innovation, optimism, nimbleness and a sense of urgency that creates impactful, problem-solving environments and cultures. That brand of leadership has helped transform institutions through curriculum innovation, highly successful fundraising, recruitment of national thought leaders, creative and entrepreneurial partnerships, diverse and accomplished student bodies and highly visible national profiles.
Before joining Pacific, he served as the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, vice provost of the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus and chief executive officer of Arizona PBS.