July 1st, 2009
Dear Members of the Pacific Community,
I can think of no greater privilege than to serve as the 24th President of University of the Pacific. I look forward to partnering with the Board of Regents and the University community to build on Pacific’s 158-year tradition of excellence and elevate our national stature.
Thanks to the talent, skill and innovation of its faculty and staff, Pacific offers an exceptional, student-centered education. This focus on students and teaching, and the integration of liberal arts and professional education, resonates with my own values and makes Pacific an attractive and unique place.
As I have come to know University of the Pacific over the past six months, what is most striking is the quality of the Pacific community. It is a community marked by a deep and abiding commitment to students, to one another, and to the institution. It is clear that our community considers providing a superior, student-centered learning experience to be a calling, not just a job.
In that spirit of partnership and community, I am committed to getting to know you, hearing your ideas and dreams for our university, and partnering with you as we shape a vision for Pacific of the future. We will build that vision on Pacific’s existing strengths and rich heritage.
Therefore, my highest priority during this first year as President is to embark on a “listening campaign” to get to know this wonderful University. Your voice is essential as I seek to learn about the University’s history, people, programs, areas of excellence, and your vision for the future. I will be learning about our existing areas of distinction as well as working with you to identify opportunities that will help us enhance educational quality and build national visibility. I will dedicate time to get to know our campus communities in San Francisco and Sacramento, and to meet and hear from as many faculty, staff and students as possible. And, of course, I will reach out to Regents, alumni, and our community friends.
I would like to thank the many people who have greeted me so warmly since the announcement of my appointment. You have made me feel truly welcome and comfortable in this community. I look forward to working closely with all of you as we take this fine University into an even greater future.
Pamela A. Eibeck, PhD