Administration and Governance
Claremont Lincoln University is incorporated with the State of California and has its own self perpetuating Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Jerry D. Campbell, President
Dr. Jerry Campbell is the President of Claremont Lincoln University and former President of Claremont School of Theology. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Campbell previously served as Chief Information Officer and Dean of Libraries at University of Southern California, and as chief librarian and faculty member at the Iliff School of Theology, Perkins School of Theology, and Duke University. Dr. Campbell holds a B.A. from McMurry University, an M.Div. from Duke University, an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Denver.
David Lincoln, Board Chair
David Lincoln is a founding member of Claremont Lincoln University, who has enjoyed a diverse career as an aerospace engineer, businessman, philanthropist, and non-profit leader. His interests have been tremendously successful, not only due to his entrepreneurship, business acumen and management practices, but also his ethical commitment to advancing the common good. He serves on numerous non-profit and educational boards, and has been philanthropically involved with many educational and ethical endeavors, including Claremont Lincoln University.
Maher Harthout, Vice Chair
Dr. Maher Hathout is a retired physician and a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community. He is an international figure who is highly regarded as a positive voice of Islam offering a unique and valuable perspective on national and international issues involving Muslims. Among the numerous offices he holds, Dr. Hathout is Senior Advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). He is also a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance.
Jihad Turk, Asst. Treasurer
The son of an American Methodist mother and a Palestinian Muslim father, Jihad Turk is Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), the oldest and largest masjid in the Los Angeles area. He is also president-elect of Bayan Claremont, a new graduate school in Islamic religious and community leadership. He holds a B.A. in Arabic from University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Islamic Law and Arabic from University of Texas, and is completing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.
Jacob Zighelboim, Secretary
Jacob Zighelboim is a professor for the Academy for Jewish Religion, California’s Rabbinical and Chaplaincy Schools. He is a former Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and has authored some 90 peer-reviewed scientific research papers and co-authored 10 chapters in medical science books. He is an expert on the subject of healing and is author of From Fear to Awe: A New Understanding of the Book of Job, and To Health: The New Humanistic Oncology.
Joan Brown Campbell
The Reverend Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution and a devoted activist for peace and social justice. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called her “a woman of courage and compassion.” She has worked with the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and collaborated with Paul Gorman, Carl Sagan, Dean James Morton, and Albert Gore to establish the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. She is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees and the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. She is author of Living Into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This, and Prayers from Chautauqua, a recently published collection.
Kathryn J. Lincoln
Kathryn J. Lincoln is Chair and Chief Investment Officer of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a non-profit educational institution teaching land economics and taxation, and has held this position since 1996. She also served as President of the Lincoln Foundation, Inc., a non-profit foundation that supported the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, from 1999 to October 2006. Her grandfather, John C. Lincoln, founded the Lincoln Electric Company headquartered there and established the Lincoln Foundation in 1946. Her father, David Lincoln, established the Lincoln Institute in 1974.
Ryan Craig is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures, and founder of Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults. He headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus, where he was founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S., and served as V.P. of Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company. He has advised the U.S. Department of Education.
Rabbi Laura Owens is chair of the board of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. An actress for most of her adult life, she has appeared in many television shows, was one of the Artistic Directors of the award-winning MET Theatre, and Chair of the Board of the Padua Hills Theatre Festival. She has been active in the environment, against gun violence, feeding the homeless, and in religious organizations and projects. She now serves as the Co-Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Horin and is a member of the Southern California Board of Rabbis as well as the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din.
Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth has been involved in intercultural education and issues for more than 30 years. He was the youngest president in the history of Pitzer College; Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Executive Committees of the Japanese American National Museum; President of The Japan Society in New York City; Interim President of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena; Give2Asia’s President and CEO; and Interim President of Sofia University in Palo Alto. His is also President and CEO of Endowments, a series of mutual funds offered exclusively to nonprofits with assets managed by Capital Research and Management Company, one of the Capital Group Companies.
Necva Ozgur is founder and Executive Director of MERIT and the founding head of New Horizon School Pasadena, NHSP. She earned an M.S. degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Istanbul, and an M.A. degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in California, where she wrote her thesis on Strategies to Achieve Excellence in an Islamic School. She consults with Islamic schools and has been part of many accreditation teams on behalf of different accrediting agencies. She currently chairs a committee for developing Islamic school standards for joint accreditation with AdvancED.
Dr. Tamar Frankiel is President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, where she previously served as Provost and Professor of Comparative Religion. She received her Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago and has taught at many universities including Stanford, Princeton and U.C. Berkeley. She written extensively on religion in America and is the author of multiple books, including The Gift of Kabbalah, and The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism, as well a widely used textbook on Christianity.
Arthur L. Peterson
Dr. Arthur L. Peterson is president emeritus and a longtime Board of Fellows member of Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. Dr. Peterson received his B.A. degree in philosophy and government from Yale University, his master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in political theory and public administration from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Wisconsin Eau Claire and at Ohio Wesleyan University and served as Chairman of the Ohio Civil Rights commission. He also has a distinguished military career.
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb is the founding Vice President of Claremont Lincoln University and President Emeritus of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. He holds a doctorate in Mythology/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where he was an adjunct faculty member. He has also taught at Columbia, Yeshiva University and the University of Southern California. He is a widely published author, and is former Director of Hillel at MIT and Princeton. He has served as Rabbi at Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica as well as Westwood Village Synagogue.
Dr. Harvinder Sahota is one of the foremost cardiologists in the world. An inveterate inventor in the medical arena with 24 patents, he invented the world-famous Perfusion Balloon in the mid-1980s and performed north India’s first angioplasty in 1990. He was born and raised in India, where his father worked for the railroad. He first practiced in hospitals in Great Britain then emigrated with his wife to the U.S. in 1974. In 1989, he started the Angioplasty Program at the Post Graduate Institute of Sciences (PGI), Chandigarh, Punjab, by invitation of the Institute’s head of cardiology.
Jerry D. Campbell is the first President of Claremont Lincoln University.