Dean Tom Krise

Dean Tom Krise, head of The College of the Pacific since 2008, was named the new president of Pacific Lutheran University on Wednesday. He starts his new job in June.

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Dean Tom Krise Named President of Pacific Lutheran University

by Patrick GiblinMar 1, 2012

Tom Krise, Dean of The College of the Pacific since 2008, was named president of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland Washington, Wednesday afternoon. He will start his new position in June. Pacific will appoint an interim dean and will start the search process for a new dean later this year.

"Under Tom's leadership, the college has been reinvigorated with new and modern programs and building excitement for the liberal arts," said Maria Pallavicini, provost at Pacific. "We will have a hard time filling Tom's shoes at Pacific. We are proud that Tom now joins three other individuals who have gone on to become presidents."

In the past few years, three other administrators have been named the head of other colleges and universities. Former School of International Studies Dean Margee Ensign was named president of the American University in Nigeria last year, former Associate Provost Heather Knight is currently the president of Pacific Union College, and former College Dean Gary Miller is the chancellor at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Pallavicini said the University will form a search committee to find a new dean this semester and hopes to fill the position by spring 2013.

As dean, Krise oversaw the management of 18 different liberal arts departments serving approximately 1,675 students. The College also includes the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, the John Muir Center, the Humanities Center, and the Women's Resources Center. Under Krise's leadership, The College has overseen the establishment of several new programs, including the Pacific Humanities Scholars, an accelerated humanities degree, and the Legal Scholars, a program for pre-law students.

Prior to his appointment at Pacific, Krise was Chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He previously served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and served on the faculty of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as a Senior Military Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., and as Vice Director of the National Defense University Press.

Pacific Lutheran University is located six miles south of Tacoma. It has approximately 3,500 students and offers both liberal arts programs and professional programs. The University was founded in 1890 and is closely affiliated with the Lutheran church. Krise will be the college's 13th president.

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