Pamela A. Eibeck was Formally Installed Today as Pacific’s 24th President
Pamela A. Eibeck was formally installed as President of University of the Pacific earlier today. A rare event for any university, her installation took place during a University-wide ceremony that included an academic procession and involved numerous representatives from other universities, including Harvard, Yale, George Washington and University of Pennsylvania, as well as her alma mater Stanford University.
Eibeck is the 24th President of the University and the sixth President since Pacific moved to Stockton in 1924. She is also the first woman to hold the office. Her Presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer and university administrator.
Themed "Community" by Eibeck, the inauguration ceremony involved numerous University, government and education leaders. Several visiting presidents, vice presidents, provosts and other senior representatives from universities across the country, including Stanford University President John Hennessey, were in attendance, as well as Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston and representatives of other area government leaders.
"This is our chance to gather together to celebrate University of the Pacific: to remember our achievements, to envision our future, and to think about who and what we represent," said Eibeck during her inaugural address. "Today is about the Pacific community. To the extent that it's also about me, it's about my commitment to this remarkable institution."
Hundreds of Pacific students, staff, professors, administrators and graduates witnessed the historic occasion, which was led by Pacific Board of Regents Chair Tom Zuckerman. Eibeck's mentor Karl S. Pister, chancellor emeritus of University of California-Santa Cruz, gave the keynote address.
Eibeck, 53, was officially appointed on July 1, 2009. She succeeds President Donald V. DeRosa, who retired on June 30, 2009 after a 14-year tenure. Eibeck took the helm at Pacific at a time of strong enrollment and finances, and the best incoming student academic profile in University history.
Prior to joining Pacific, Eibeck was dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech - one of the nation's largest engineering colleges with 4,400 students, 156 faculty and five research centers. Eibeck received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering between 1979 and 1986 from Stanford University.
Since coming to Pacific, Eibeck has launched a series of five community forums throughout the spring semester to address some of the most pressing issues of the Stockton community. The "Beyond Our Gates" series focuses on healthcare, the economy and social safety net, energy and the environment, education and arts and culture.
In honor of the beginning of Eibeck's Presidency, Pacific students, staff and professors have planned a series of events throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. The Presidential Inaugural Series features scholarly, cultural and creative activities that highlight the University's strengths and distinctiveness and celebrate Pacific's history, tradition and promising future.