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After year and a half delay due to pandemic, Cal Lutheran President has inaugural ceremony

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Cal Lutheran President Lori Varlotta speaking at her inaigural ceremonies Sunday. She is the university's eighth president, and its first female president.

Lori Varlotta first female President in University's history.

The pandemic delayed it for a year and a half, but a South Coast university’s president finally had her official inauguration.

Sunday’s ceremony at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks capped two weeks of celebratory events.

Hundreds of people were on hand to celebrate the official installation of Cal Lutheran’s eighth president.

Lori Varlotta admits it was a tough time to take the helm, with the university facing major challenges.

"Cal Lutheran, like institutions around the world, is functioning in a whole new normal...the world today impacted significantly by the global pandemic, and ongoing racial and social injustices. And, from what we can see and surmise, this new normal will be with us for years to come," said Varlotta.

One of Varlotta’s big initiatives has been to try to create a more diverse, and inclusive university.

She became Cal Lutheran’s first female president in September of 2020.

Cal Lutheran has six campuses, and about 3800 students.

The university is the parent of KCLU Radio.