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Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance

The Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance

The 52,000-square-foot Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance will stand at a key intersection of academics and athletics.

The Lindberg Center’s primary objective will be to prepare graduates for health-related careers requiring a major in kinesiology or public health. 

It also will house a complementary aquatic center and natatorium, replacing the pool in the adjacent Carver P.E. Center, and bringing with it new teams in men's and women's water polo.

The $18 million center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021.

Inside the Lindberg Center


• Five state-of-the-art classrooms

• Two laboratories/active learning spaces

• Eight offices, including spaces for the executive director of the center, the director of student well-being, and faculty in the programs of kinesiology and public health


• Student and faculty gathering and studying spaces
• Hydrotherapy rehabilitation pool
• Meeting room
• Locker rooms
• Student Well-Being and Meditation Room

Aquatic center and natatorium

• State-of-the-art 10-lane, 25-yard, 7-foot depth pool
• Diving well
• 250-seat spectator viewing area
• Offices for the aquatic center director, swimming and water polo coaches
• Swim performance lab


Kinesiology is the study of physical activities and human movement and its impact on health, society and quality of life — leads to high-demand career fields.

These include medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, recreational therapy, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, personal training, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, sports and fitness management, exercise therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and wellness counseling, rehabilitation therapy, research and coaching. 

Public health

The new center will house Augustana’s growing public health major. This program will expand and offer five integrated tracks in health education and promotion, epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics and data analytics,  and health policy and administration. 

Public health is a fast-growing field that appeals to students interested in a pre-health profession with many perspectives: anthropology, biology, communication studies, environmental studies, ethics, geography, health economics, political science, sociology and women’s and gender studies.

Peter J. Lindberg, M.D.

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation made a lead gift of $8,000,000 in support of this project, which is named for Augustana College graduate Peter J. Lindberg, M.D.

Dr. Lindberg devoted his life to serving others as a medical oncologist. He graduated from Augustana in 1961 and then the University of Chicago Medical School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1960s. In 1972 he began practice at Los Alamos Medical Center and served there until 2014, when he joined the New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque.

For information about gifts and naming opportunities in the new Lindberg Center, contact Executive Vice President Kent Barnds.

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