Office of the President Allan Belton

As the 14th President of Pacific Lutheran University, Allan Belton serves as the university’s chief executive and is responsible for the organization and administration of the university.

President Belton is currently leading the execution of a new strategic plan that aims to deepen PLU’s commitment to being an inclusive, rigorous and innovative university in the Lutheran tradition by providing access to a transformative, lifelong and distinctively purposeful education.

Appointed by the PLU Board of Regents in April 2019, President Belton previously served as PLU’s Acting President and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to coming to PLU, he enjoyed a 25-year career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served most recently as Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer for global treasury management.


President Belton is working to ensure that PLU continues to prepare students for lives of service, leadership and care.

"PLU truly is a university that lives, learns and serves from the heart. And while we can compete on academic merits and graduate outcomes with the best of ‘em, what sets us apart - far more than anything else - is the level of care that is fundamental to how we approach everything we do."

Allan Belton

PLU President

President Belton's ``Why PLU``

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The Board of Regents

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Leadership Team

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The Strategic Plan

Our new strategic plan will serve as the framework for a five-year, campus-wide effort to strengthen and enhance the academic experience and learning opportunities we provide, and to further fortify our institutional commitment to diversity, justice, and sustainability. Over the next five years, the university will strengthen and enhance the experience it offers students and, in doing so, extend its mission further into the Pacific Northwest and the world. This plan is a call for us to grow together and a green light to innovate. LEARN MORE >

PLU Leading the Way

PLU students celebrating during graduation
PLU ranked the number one college in Washington for financial aid
Brooke Brown standing in front of the Washington High School sign
PLU MAE alumna Brooke Brown ’06 named the 2021 Washington State Teacher of the Year
Members of PLU’s “MLMC: Words Mean Things” team include (from left to right) Angie Hambrick (co-producer), Ami Shah (discussion facilitator), Kenzie Gandy (co-producer) and Lace Smith (co-producer).
PLU digital campaign explores the meaning of the words “anti-racist,” “anti-Blackness,” “decolonize” and “BIPOC”