Linda C. Buckley begins as Associate Vice President for Planning on Feb. 1, 2014

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New Associate Vice President for Planning Announced

Jan 13, 2014

Linda C. Buckley, PhD, a veteran higher education executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and program assessment and review, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Planning. Her first day will be April 1.

"I am delighted that Linda will be joining us in this pivotal role," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "She will help to integrate planning activities across our three campuses, and will play an instrumental role in implementing the Pacific 2020 strategic plan. She will be a tremendous resource for our academic and administrative units to help us realize the vision we have defined for our future. Please join me in welcoming her to the Pacific family."  

"My thanks go to the members of the search committee and their chair, Vice President Mary Lou Lackey, for all the time and effort they took to help find the right person for this key role. I also recognize the outstanding work of Mike Rogers, who has served as interim Associate Vice President for Planning since Robert Brodnick's departure at the end of January 2013," said Eibeck. "This has been an especially busy time, and I appreciate Mike's excellent, thorough and professional work."

Brodnick was appointed Associate Vice President for Planning in 2009, and Rogers will continue to serve in an interim capacity until Buckley's arrival.

Buckley comes to Pacific from San Francisco State University, where she has served as associate vice president for academic planning and development for eight years.  In addition, she was a member of the English department faculty.  

"Integrated planning is a strategic approach that is being adopted by a growing number of institutions," Buckley said.  "I am very excited about working with President Eibeck, Provost Pallavicini, the faculty, and the staff in a collaborative effort to implement this plan.  Pacific has a fine reputation for excellence and innovation, and I'm proud to be joining this university " said Buckley.  

In her new position, Buckley will serve as the University's chief planning officer, supporting the president, provost and executive team on matters of strategy and tactical and operational planning.   Key responsibilities will include working with University leaders to implement the Pacific 2020 strategic plan; supporting academic planning, institutional effectiveness activities and technology planning within the Office of the Provost; facilitating processes to better integrate and align multi-campus planning efforts; and overseeing the Office of Institutional Research.  

In her years at San Francisco State, Buckley chaired a Student Success and Graduation Initiative, which helped to increase the institution's 6-year graduation rate by 5 percent and narrow the achievement gap for under-represented minority students to 2.7 percent.  She also led strategic planning efforts that resulted in the institution's 10-year WASC reaccreditation.  

Prior to San Francisco State, Buckley worked at California State University, Sacramento, for a decade in roles that included director of curriculum, accreditation, assessment and program review; Academic Affairs faculty fellow; tenured professor in the Department of English; and coordinator of the Linguistics/TESOL MA Program. Her career began at UC Davis, where she served as a teaching assistant and lecturer in the departments of English and anthropology and as the director of International Contract Programs within the International Training and Education Center.  

Buckley's professional service in higher education quality assurance includes chairing a WASC Special Visit to the United States International University in Nairobi in October 2013 and participating in a diagnostic visit for First WASC Accreditation at United Arab Emirates University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She has also consulted for the Korean Ministry of Education in Seoul, Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City University in Saigon, and presented seminars at six universities through a U.S. State Department program with the West African Ministry of Education in Cote d'Ivoire. In addition, she has conducted WASC workshops throughout California and in Washington and Hawaii. She lectures and publishes widely in the areas of program review, accreditation and intercultural communications in teaching.  

As a principal investigator on two grants from the USAID/Fulbright Bi-national Commission Teacher Training Initiative while at UC Davis and Sacramento State, she designed and implemented EFL teacher training programs for junior high and high school teachers in Egypt.   Buckley holds a doctorate in anthropology and a master's in linguistics from UC Davis. She earned her bachelor's degree, in English, from the University of Georgia, Athens.    

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