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Former Cal Lutheran President Mark Mathews Dies

Former California Lutheran University President Mark Mathews died over the weekend at the age of 92, the Thousand Oaks school announced Wednesday. Mathews served as president of the university for eight years starting in 1972. The former chairman of the Business Administration and Economics Department strengthened the school’s finances as it doubled its annual budget, increased enrollment, added several facilities and expanded its graduate programs during his tenure. “Mark set the university on a firmer foundation at a time when many private universities were struggling,” Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball said in a statement. “He focused on serving students, stabilizing finances, and connecting to the community – all principles that still guide us today.” After Mathews resigned from the presidency, he taught business until he retired in 1990. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce named him “Man of the Year” in 1985. Mathews passed away on Oct. 27 in Santa Barbara.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.
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