May 7, 2015
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Jerry D. Campbell, now retired, served as President of Claremont Lincoln University since its inception. Claremont Lincoln is a unique interreligious university dedicated to producing graduates who can work together across the ideological boundaries that separate the great wisdom traditions to help reduce conflict and solve world problems. Campbell’s global work toward this mission has included audiences with the Pope, the Dali Lama, and other world dignitaries. Prior to his leadership at Claremont Lincoln University, Reverend Campbell served seven years as the sixth President of Claremont School of Theology.
Before arriving at Claremont School of Theology, Dr. Campbell spent more than thirty-five years managing technology and libraries in academic settings serving as an agent of change to rethink information services on a global scale. This included serving as director of two theology libraries and ten years serving as Vice Provost for Libraries and academic Computing at Duke University. He came to California as Chief Information Officer and Dean of Libraries at University of Southern California and served in that role for over a decade. At USC, Dr. Campbell led the University’s planning and delivery of services related to library resources, telephony, and technology infrastructure. One of his long standing contributions to higher education was to bridge together Library Sciences and Computing division to create what we now refer to as Information Technology.
His broad professional activities have included serving two terms as a commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), president of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Theological Library Association, and the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. He has also served on the governing bodies of Educause, the Research Libraries Group, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, the National Humanities Center, and the Digital Library Federation. A published global leader and speaker, Dr. Campbell has received the Muslim Peace Award from the Islamic Center of Southern California, been inducted into the National Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, serves on the SoCal Council on a Parliament of World Religions Honorary Advisory Board, and been named a “Giant of Justice” by CLUE Los Angeles. In his retirement, Campbell is enjoying preparations for an upcoming book tour for his recently released book, Choosing to Live.