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President's Reports 2006-2008

President's Report and Honor Roll of Donors 2007-2008

As I hope most Pacific alumni and friends are aware, I notified the University’s Board of Regents inApril 2008 of my intention to retire from the Presidency effective June 30, 2009. In looking back onmy over thirteen years spent to date advancing Pacific, I am proud of many accomplishments. Theseinclude a dramatic strengthening of our academic programs on all three campuses, growth in size andselectivity of the student body, over $180 million in facilities development, invigorated student lifeand recreation programs, and an engaged Board that is supporting Pacific’s progress toward greaternational visibility and distinctiveness. Continued

President's Presentation During the 2008 Alumni Weekend Breakfast

At the annual alumni reunion weekend breakfast with the President, Dr. DeRosa shared highlights of the year just completed, a report on progress toward strategic initiatives, and his outlook for the University’s future. The PowerPoint presentation that was used is available for download and includes many of the points, data and facts included in his presentation. Please note, the presentation is 28 megabytes in size and requires that Microsoft's PowerPoint program be installed to properly view it.

President's Spring 2008 Report to the Board of Regents

Beginning with the first strategic plan adopted during my presidency which provided guidance for the period 1996-2001, and continuing with the plan for 2001-2007, Pacific has sought to identify and "heighten academic distinctiveness." This strategic goal has enabled Pacific to begin to market its mission as distinct and set apart from the many other institutions of higher education with whom we compete to attract students. In my reports to the Board over the last twelve years, I have been pleased to report on the degree to which we have achieved this goal - especially in ways that are central to our mission, such as developing strong interrelationships between the liberal arts and sciences and our professional programs. Continued

President's Winter 2008 Report to the Board of Regents

A key responsibility of the Board is to ensure adequate resources for the University. Most universities rely upon fundraising (endowment building and annual giving) coupled with a responsible tuition setting policy that pays attention to internal and external factors as the two most significant means of achieving this task. Continued

President's Fall 2007 Report to the Board of Regents

In the year 2000, the University of the Pacific began the silent portion of the campaign later launched as "Investing in Excellence - The Campaign for Pacific." Seven years and $330 million later, it is still helpful to ask the question, what are our goals and aspirations for excellence in delivering university level education, and what has the campaign meant in terms of our achievement of those goals? Continued

President’s Fall 2006 Report to the Board of Regents

I start each day with a brisk four-mile walk along the levee. The walk is framed by the landscape of the campus and the Calaveras River. At the opening fall convocation, I offer a historical perspective on my morning view of the campus landscape. New freshmen find it amusing that the Pacific campus, recently ranked one of the six most beautiful campuses in the country, emerged from an onion field. Continued

President’s Spring 2006 Report to the Board of Regents

In his best-selling book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Friedman challenges us to reflect on a world made horizontal through technology. We certainly experience technology as a change agent within higher education. The academic enterprise is seamless as our campuses function in a 24-7 world with few boundaries, local or global. Continued

Pacific Rising: 1995-2005

Pacific’s progress over the last decade is tangible, on every front. With the passionate leadership of the Board of Regents, Pacific’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have worked collaboratively to help the University attain the position of prominence it enjoys today.

The figures above summarize some of the university's accomplishments during the past ten years. Complete details are in PDF Pacific Rising: 1995-2005.