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Pamela A. Eibeck

President, University of the Pacific


Pamela A. Eibeck became the 24th President of University of the Pacific on July 1, 2009. She is Pacific's sixth President since the University moved to Stockton in 1924 and the first woman to hold the office.

Under her stewardship, the University is implementing a bold strategic vision, Pacific 2020, which charts a future for Pacific as the best teaching-focused university in California, with enhanced academic excellence, student success, and an expanded presence in San Francisco and Sacramento.  Pacific has seen its endowment investments more than double since President Eibeck took office, and she has also made connecting with the community a major priority through her Beyond Our Gates campaign.

Eibeck's Presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer, and university administrator. She received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned tenure and served from 1985 to 1995. In 1995, she became a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University, where she later served as director of the honors program and then vice provost for undergraduate studies. From 2004-2009, Eibeck served as dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.

An expert in heat transfer, Eibeck conducted experimental research related to electronics cooling and thermal tiles used by NASA on the space shuttles. Her later work focused on engineering educational reform, including early use of multimedia in the classroom, curriculum development and, most recently, ways to attract young people and women to the profession. She has authored or co-authored nearly 50 articles and papers.

Eibeck became a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2008. She received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.

Eibeck is married to William D. Jeffery, a law professor and a native of California. They have four children. Sons Andrew, Kevin and Will live in the Bay Area. Daughter Katherine attends law school on the east coast.

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August 2015