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.

"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

Leadership Team

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The Board of Regents

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About President Belton

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Athletics and Recreation

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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

Image: Left side, top to bottom: Melanie Brisbane ‘21, Dean of Business Mark Mulder, Alissa Ouanesisouk ’21. Right side, top to bottom: Adjunct Professor Cosette Pfaff, Ryan Pearson ’21, Assistant Professor Somaye Ramezanpour Nargesi.
How the PLU School of Business is adapting with the times to stay true to its mission
PLU senior nursing major Erin Hobbs administers a COVID-19 vaccine at an event hosted in the PLU gym.
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Image: Sheryl Ochayon, an attorney and educator who directs Yad Vashem’s “Echoes and Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust, Inspiring the Classroom” program, speaking at PLU’s Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education in 2019.
PLU signs partnership MoU with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center
PLU athletic director Mike Snyder and his wife and three kids pose by the PLU sign on a sunny day.
PLU announces Mike Snyder as new Director of Athletics and Recreation