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California Lutheran University President Lori Varlotta Resigns

California Lutheran University President Lori Varlotta delivers the State of the University Address at the Lundring Events Center on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

California Lutheran University President Lori Varlotta will resign at the end of May, a little more than four months after a lopsided faculty vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Ann Boynton, chair of the Thousand Oaks University Board of Regents, announced the decision in an email Tuesday morning, just over a week after the 3,400-student university celebrated its graduation.

Varlotta approached the board earlier this year to request a release from his contract and will resign on May 31, Boynton said in the email.

Boynton praised Varlotta’s work during her tenure, saying the president “worked with determination and focus” to lead Cal Lutheran through much of the pandemic and “undertook difficult but necessary changes to stabilize the university’s financial position.” .