Krista Newkirk


University of Redlands

Krista L. Newkirk is the 12th president of the University of Redlands. Now in her second academic year at the University of Redlands, President Newkirk continues to enhance the Redlands experience. She recently oversaw the launch of the University’s School of Performing Arts, bringing together music, theatre, and dance.  With students as her priority, Newkirk continues to advance affordability and accessibility at the University through the Redlands Promise campaign, which guarantees an affordable in-state tuition cost for high-achieving students. Newkirk introduced a new varsity Esports program and continues to advance the University Village project — a sustainably developed, transit-integrated neighborhood around the Arrow Rail Line — which will attract future students, benefit residents, and the region. In addition, she is currently leading the development of the University’s new student-focused strategic plan, under which, the University will enhance student success through additional high-impact educational experiences. She also aims to build upon the University’s recent designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Newkirk came to Redlands from South Carolina, where she was president of Converse University.  Under her leadership, Converse developed an innovative strategic plan, launched its first doctoral degree program, expanded its master’s degree offerings, opened an extension campus, and reorganized the institution to open a coeducational residential college alongside its traditional women’s college. She received her law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She and her husband, W. Lewis (Lew) Glenn III, have two sons and two dogs.