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Krista L. Newkirk

Board Member

Krista L. Newkirk is the 12th president of the University of Redlands.
Now in her second academic year at the University of Redlands, President Newkirk continues to enhance the Redlands experience. She oversaw the launch of the School of Business & Society, the new School of Performing Arts, and most recently, the University’s merger with San Francisco-based Presidio Graduate School, resulting in the new Presidio Center for Sustainable Solutions within the School of Business & Society. With students as her priority, Newkirk continues to advance affordability and accessibility at the University through the Redlands Promise campaign and successfully guided the University’s comprehensive $200 million Forever Yours fundraising campaign to completion — raising a record-breaking $207.2 million.

Newkirk introduced a varsity esports program and continues to move the University Village project forward. In addition, she completed the development of the University’s new student-focused strategic plan, which includes a new mission statement and vision to lead California in providing a student-focused, personalized education to drive student success. She is also focused on building upon the University’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Newkirk currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the Board and the Tax Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), serves on the Board of
Redlands Bowl, and is a Redlands Rotarian. She frequently presents at conferences nationwide on the changes occurring in higher education.

She received her law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She and her husband, W. Lewis (Lew) Glenn III, have two sons and two dogs.

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