Lujan is currently Chief Academic Officer of the Connecticut State University System. He serves as chief liaison to the leadership of the four system campuses and to the Board of Governors for Higher Education in the state of Connecticut. Lujan has initiated an asynchronous learning program for degree-related credit courses taught by regular faculty.
Lujan has diverse and extensive experience at all levels of university administration, with particular expertise in university and academic governance, institutional and statewide policy, strategic planning, governmental and business relations, community leadership and assistance to trustees. An accomplished teacher and public speaker, he has been a leading voice for higher education in Kansas, Washington and Colorado.
During his tenure as president for the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Lujan rebuilt the reputation of UNC as Colorado's premier teaching university and stabilized its $120 million budget while dramatically improving private sector support.
He was also a driving force in forming a coalition of university presidents to improve relationships with the Colorado legislature. He established cooperative programs in business and other fields with Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, Denver. Lujan led the effort to build enrollments while improving retention of both majority and minority students--turning UNC into one of Colorado's leaders in access and retention.
A leader in national educational organizations, he has been active in the programs of the American Council on Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He brought UNC into the National Association of State University and Land Grant Colleges, a premier higher education association.
While serving as a senior faculty member and administrator at the Universities of Kansas and Washington, Lujan worked with faculty and others to propose and implement educational policies, program reviews, accreditation and other policies of significance to governing boards and to state coordinating entities.
A professor of political science, Lujan holds an A.B. from Saint Mary's College of California, an M.A. from University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. in political science from University of Idaho, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Mary's College of California.
Lujan and his wife, Carla, will reside in Claremont, CA.
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