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President's 2005 Report to the University

President DeRosa Shares University Progress and Plans at University Forum

(October 27, 2005) - A crowd of 250 students, faculty, staff and alumni heard President Donald DeRosa talk about the University’s progress and its plans at an open forum in Grace Covell Hall today.

The president described the University’s progress over the last decade and presented slides charting dramatic growth in applications for admission, a near-tripling of the endowment, and the raising of some $170 million towards the comprehensive campaign’s $200 million goal.

Dr. DeRosa described the planning process currently underway, which will "build on the great momentum we have going," and identified a number of near-term priorities, ranging from continuing successful student recruitment and retention, enhancing ties to the communities in which Pacific has campuses and strengthening marketing and fundraising capabilities, achieving fundraising goals.

The president also showed architectural drawings of two new buildings approved last month by the Board of Regents. A $20 million Biological Sciences Building is planned for the southern end of the Stockton Campus, and a $30 million University Center will be constructed along the Calaveras River between Stagg Way and President’s Drive.

Several audience members asked questions ranging from the future use of the McCaffery Center ("a planning committee will discuss it") to the faculty and staff pay plan ("we will achieve our goal") and his thoughts about the new University of California campus in Merced ("a good thing for the Valley").