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 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.


Dean for School of Engineering and Computer Science Search

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 1, 2020, Pacific embarks on a bold new vision, one that will lead change, sustain values in community engagement, inclusion, civility, and is committed to a student-centered education. To accelerate the University’s upward trajectory, Pacific recently appointed Chris Ferguson, a nationally regarded expert in enrollment growth, as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SOECS). Pacific’s SOECS is poised for a bright future thanks to the energies of a team led by Dean Steven Howell, who retires on June 30, 2021, having served superbly for 7 years. 

President Callahan, Provost Maria Pallavicini, and the SOECS community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft and implement programs that shape the role of engineering and technology in the most diverse region in America, one ninety minutes from Silicon Valley


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

The successful candidate must also value collaboration, transparency, and entrepreneurship, 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 private investment;
  • 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.


About the School of Engineering and Computer Science

Established in 1957, SoECS provides superior student-centered learning for undergraduate and master’s-level students emphasizing close faculty-student interaction, experiential education, and distinctive research opportunities. Pacific is ABET accredited and embraces a teacher-scholar model that values teaching and research. 

Ranked as one of "50 Great Schools at Great Prices" on U.S. News & World Report, the School offers eight Bachelor of Science degrees (Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering) and three master’s degree programs (Master of Science in Engineering Science, Master of Science in Data Science, and Master of Science in Computer Science.


Applications and nomination process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or other legally protected characteristics.


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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.