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From the Presidents Office

Two New Regents Elected to Pacific’s Board

Feb 22, 2012

Two new members were elected to University of the Pacific's Board of Regents. Susanne Stirling, the vice president of international affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce, and Ron Berberian, an owner and partner of several San Joaquin County businesses, were both elected by the Board during its annual winter meeting in San Francisco.

Both Stirling and Berberian are graduates of Pacific. Stirling earned a bachelor's in International Studies from College of the Pacific in 1975. She also has a master's in international relations from University of Southern California. Berberian earned a bachelor's in business administration from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1965.

"Both Susanne Stirling and Ron Berberian have strong business connections that will further help build bridges between Pacific and the community," said Kathleen Lagorio  Janssen, chair of the Board of Regents. "I am looking forward to working with both as we continue to explore ways to make Pacific stronger and find innovative ways to serve the students."

Susanne StirlingStirling has been the vice president of international affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce since 1982. As vice president, she is responsible for the activities of the California Chamber Council for International Trade (CIT), including the CIT's involvement with state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. In addition to trade policy, she coordinates trade development and promotion on behalf of the Chamber.

Prior to her affiliation with CalChamber, she was employed in Copenhagen by Burmeister and Wain A/S, a Danish ship-building company, in their public relations, finance, and legal departments.

Stirling is an active supporter of Pacific's School of International Studies and served on the SIS advisory board from 2001 through 2007. She rejoined the board in 2010 and currently serves on it. She also served on Pacific's National Commission in 2000 and has been to numerous functions at Pacific.

She is married to M. David Stirling, a former superior court judge and former member of the California Assembly, and resides in the Sacramento Delta area.

Berberian, a lifelong resident of Stockton, is chairman and owner of the Bank of Agriculture and Commerce. He also is a partner in the Spanos Berberian Wine Company and Bell Winery, and the dealer principal and partner in Berberian European Motors. He is president of Berberian Brothers, Inc., formerly a wholesale wine and spirits distributorship on the West Coast that was sold in 1989.

Ron BerberianBerberian is well known in the Stockton area for his civic service. He has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the San Joaquin County YMCA, and also serves on the Board of Dameron Hospital Association, and has helped raise capital for hospital facitlities and community health outreach programs. Additionally, he was a major sponsor of the A.G. Spanos Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $1 million for more than 90 regional charities.

Berberian previously was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Kennedy Center Advisory Committee on the Arts. Through that, he was instrumental in bringing the Kennedy Center's annual traveling theatrical company to perform at Pacific for six years in a row, putting on plays for free to more than 24,000 school children in San Joaquin County. Berberian and his wife, former Pacific Regent Dea Berberian, also have been active supporters of the Children's Museum of Stockton, the California State Summer School for the Arts, the San Joaquin Ballet, the San Joaquin Arts Council, the Stockton Arts Commission, and several other local art and cultural organizations.

Stirling and Berberian were elected to three-year terms that begin on July 1, 2012.

The University of the Pacific Board of Regents is entrusted with final responsibility for the quality and integrity of the education provided by the University. It selects the President, approves the mission of the University, and ensures provision of adequate resources to support the University. In addition, the Board protects the University from external pressures antithetical to academic freedom and to University autonomy or integrity.

For more information about the Board, visit http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/AdministrationOffices/Board-of-Regents-.html.

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