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Pamela A. Eibeck

President, University of the Pacific


Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck became the 24th President of University of the Pacific on July 1, 2009. Under her leadership, Pacific is implementing a bold vision to become a University that spans three metropolitan regions of Northern California - Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco - while enhancing its academic excellence and student success.  President Eibeck's commitment to community, including the Beyond Our Gates effort to improve early literacy in Stockton, was recognized by the 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award.

Eibeck is a leader in American higher education. She chaired the Association for Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) from 2014 to 2016 and is a former vice chair of the NCAA's D1 Committee on Academics.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, and Valley Vision.

Eibeck's Presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer, and university administrator. She received her bachelor's through doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She taught and earned tenure at the University of California at Berkeley, served as a tenured professor and administrator at Northern Arizona University, and served as dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech.

An expert in heat transfer, Eibeck conducted experimental research related to electronics cooling and thermal tiles used by NASA on its aerospace vehicles. Her later work focused on engineering educational reform, including the use of technology in the classroom and attracting young people and women to the profession.

Eibeck became a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2008. She received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.

President Eibeck is married to William D. Jeffery, a law professor and a native of California. They have four children; sons Andrew, Kevin and Will and daughter, Katherine.

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June 2018