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David Chase to Become American Film Institute Conservatory Vice Dean

Currently serving as senior associate director of Institutional Effectiveness and assistant dean of the Conservatory of Music, Chase will leave Pacific the end of September to assume his new role at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Sep 16, 2013

David Chase, senior associate director of Institutional Effectiveness and assistant dean of the Conservatory of Music, will leave the University at the end of the month to assume a new role as vice dean of academic affairs at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.  

Chase, who has also taught courses in the Music Management and General Education programs, will leave behind a 24-year history of distinguished scholarship and service at University of the Pacific. He first arrived at Pacific as a college freshman in 1989. He stayed to earn two degrees and build a career in higher education, while pursuing a third Pacific degree, a doctorate in education. He is now starting his doctoral dissertation.  

"I am incredibly grateful to Pacific. It has made me what I am," Chase said.  

At the conservatory, Chase oversaw the Office of Student Services, with responsibility for enrollment and academic affairs, learning assessment and institutional effectiveness.  

"Dave is one of the most knowledgeable academic affairs leaders I have ever met, one who has established a national reputation in the areas of accreditation and assessment," said Giulio Ongaro, dean of the Conservatory of Music. "This is bittersweet news for Pacific, and I personally will miss his creativity and level-headed counsel. At the same time, I am very happy for him as he embarks on this new adventure. The AFI Conservatory is one of the very top programs in its field — the Juilliard of film education — with a stellar board, academic leadership and faculty, and an astonishing quality of educational work. I am not surprised that Dave would be offered this opportunity."  

Since July, Chase has also served as senior associate director of Institutional Effectiveness, overseeing a unit charged with assuring continuing improvement across all Pacific programs and services using the tools of institutional research and effectiveness, preparing program reviews and annual reports, and designing and maintaining accountability structures to support institutional excellence. He reported directly to Provost Maria Pallavicini.  

"I want to thank Dave for his dedicated service to University of the Pacific," Pallavicini said. "His tenure here has been as distinguished as it has been long, and he will missed. I urge the University community to join me in congratulating him on his new position - he tells me it is his 'dream job' - and to wish him the very best. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in his new role."  

Chase's last day at Pacific will be Sept. 27. A team comprised of Cyd Jenefsky, Western Association of Schools & Colleges workshop leader and former associate vice president for academic affairs at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, and Berit Gundersen, assistant provost for faculty affairs, will lead Institutional Effectiveness for the next six to nine months as the Office of the Provost searches for a new director. Jenefsky and Gundersen will be supported by Eileen McFall, assessment director in the Office of the Provost.  

Ongaro said that he does not plan to move immediately to fill Chase's position, but will use the remainder of the academic year to consult with Conservatory leadership, faculty and staff to determine a plan that will best support the conservatory's goals.