University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,300 students and 10 schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

About the Position

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 1, 2020, Pacific has the ambitious goal of becoming the best student-centered comprehensive university in the nation within a decade. His focus includes the personalized learning that is a hallmark of Pacific, expanded real-life learning opportunities coupled with service to communities, accelerating the pace of innovation and becoming a model for diversity, equity and inclusion. To accelerate the university’s upward trajectory, Pacific recently appointed several new leaders in the areas of Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Life; Development and Alumni Relations; and a new Dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean for the Eberhardt School of Business (ESB). Pacific’s School of Business is poised for a bright future. President Callahan, Provost Maria Pallavicini and the ESB community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft and implement programs that shape the role of business in the most diverse region in America, ninety minutes from Silicon Valley.

Position Summary

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the ESB to whom Pacific delegates significant responsibility, autonomy, and accountability for the school’s future. The Dean is responsible for the academic leadership of the school, engagement with its communities, and overseeing enrollment management resources, faculty and staff, facilities, and ESB’s financial success. The Dean also has responsibility for guiding an administrative team of 12 in support of the school, alumni, donors, and community and industry partnerships. The Dean leads ESB’s initiatives to solidify and implement the vision, mission, and goals for the school, particularly around growing enrollment and enhancing student success.


The successful candidate must be regarded as a distinguished or emerging leader in professional business fields and within academe and must articulate a dynamic vision for the future of the school. The candidate must demonstrate a passion for the future of business education at Pacific and an energy for building upon Northern California’s peerless international opportunities.

The successful candidate must also value collaboration, transparency and entrepreneurship, and embrace Pacific’s mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education. The candidate’s commitment to inclusion as strength is clarion, and they must be dedicated to preparing individuals for achievement and leadership in their careers and as citizens.

The successful candidate will also possess:

  • a PhD or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the school;
  • a record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience at a college or university;
  • a history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and a clear record of accomplishment in student success;
  • achievement in or an ability to develop new revenue streams including philanthropic investments;
  • experience as a seasoned, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests;
  • a record of success in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a champion of faculty eager to excel in teaching, research and creative activities;
  • a data-driven leadership style that employs the appropriate facts to inform decision making;
  • well-developed fiscal management experience, both in establishing and implementing budgets along with a record in balancing resources with responsibilities within and across the institution.



Applications and Inquiries

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a cover letter and current resume, as well as provide contact information for three professional references with their online application.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner


Refer to code “Pacific-ESB” in subject line 

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.