President Designate
President Designate, University of the Pacific

Chris Callahan

Chris is the outgoing dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He will take office as President of the University of the Pacific on July 1, 2020.

He has an impressive track record developing programs that are relevant to students and great ideas for unifying the distinctive three-campus university in new ways.

In addition to being the founding and current dean of the Cronkite School, Chris is vice provost of ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus and CEO of Arizona PBS. He is an exceptional communicator, a proven innovator and a highly regarded leader.

As a first-generation college graduate, Chris has experienced the transformational power of education and is committed to continuing to find pathways for all students. His balance of academic and entrepreneurial experience will help lead Pacific toward a bright and bold future.