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From the Presidents Office

Provost announcement on School of International Studies

Letter from the Provost Regarding Changes to School of International Studies
Aug 22, 2012

To the University Community:

Today, we are announcing an important change intended to enhance and extend international education at University of the Pacific. Effective Oct. 1, 2012, the School of International Studies will become part of the College of the Pacific. The School of International Studies will retain its name, faculty, location and traditions, but under the umbrella of the College it will have a larger community and increased opportunities for collaboration.

This change benefits students and faculty in the School of International Studies and in the College by creating synergies among faculty with complementary expertise in international issues. It also integrates the School more broadly across the University by engaging more faculty and students in interdisciplinary international scholarship and curricular offerings.

The School of International Studies will operate as a full-fledged school within the College, with a Director reporting to the Dean of the College. SIS will continue to be located in George Wilson Hall. The School will retain its banner and logo, and its degrees will be issued from the School of International Studies in the College of the Pacific. SIS will also retain all current endowed funds and gift accounts. It will continue to organize the popular Gerber Lecture. Finally, the School will continue to support its successful alumni network, traditions, and advisory board.

We will immediately begin an internal search for a Director of the School of International Studies, with the goal of having someone in place by Oct. 1. As you know, we are also currently searching for a Dean of the College. Nominations for both are welcome at Lewis Gale, Interim Dean, will continue to serve until a Director is in place.

We look forward to the excitement this reestablishment builds within the College, the collaboration that will develop between faculty, staff and students, and the expanded possibilities it will open up for international education at Pacific.

Best regards,

Maria Pallavicini, PhD