Woodbury University in Burbank names new president

Woodbury University has announced its 13th president, Luis Ma. R. Calingo, who succeeds retiring Kenneth R. Nielsen.

Calingo, who will be officially installed during an inauguration ceremony in October, hails from Dominican University of California in San Rafael -- a four-year, private Catholic college where he served as executive vice president and chief academic officer.

He previously served as dean of the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University in Cleveland, and before that held various leadership posts in the Cal State system.

In statement released by the 128-year-old university today, Calingo said he was honored to work for a place “that believes the best way to predict your future is to create it.”

“I am honored to lead Woodbury and to work with students, faculty, staff, and the community to honor this institution’s rich tradition of transforming lives through education, while embracing the many opportunities of tomorrow,” he said.

Nielsen is retiring after 16 years at the helm.

In a separate announcement posted on the university’s website, Board of Trustees Chairman Robert W. Kummer, Jr. said Calingo would “build on the strong foundation and remarkable achievements” made under the “outstanding leadership and vision” Nielsen.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

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