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

Eileen Aranda, President

Eileen Aranda is President of Claremont Lincoln University. Dr. Aranda spent many years as a management consultant focused on facilitation of the strategic management process, development and implementation of organization change efforts, assessment and mediation of internal organization problems and management team development. She holds an MBA and Ph.D. with an emphasis in strategic management and organizational development from University of Washington and is co-author of Teams: Structure, Process, Culture, and Politics (Prentice Hall, 1998).

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.

Jihad Turk

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

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

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.

Frank Ellsworth, Vice Chair

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 the Claremont Colleges; 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. He 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

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.

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.

Mel Gottlieb

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.

Harvinder Sahota

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 was the founding President of Claremont Lincoln University. Eileen Aranda is the second President.