Four new regents bring diverse talents to board

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The University of the Pacific Board of Regents has approved four new members whose deep and varied talents and experiences will benefit the governing board of California’s first and oldest university.

Jessica Coleman ’99, Robert Eglet ’88, Bradford Gleason ’81 and Bradford Shafer ’82 were unanimously elected by the Board of Regents on June 21. Their three-year terms started July 1.

Regent Chair Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt ’76, ’80 pointed to their diverse professional backgrounds.

“Jessica Coleman is an influential civic leader in Modesto, Robert Eglet is an amazingly successful lawyer, Brad Gleason is a leader in agri-business and Brad Shafer has expertise in the pharmaceutical business,” she said. “We look forward to their contributions to the board and their work to ensure overall student success.”

President Christopher Callahan added that the new Regents “will bring even greater strength to this extraordinary group of talented and passionate leaders.”

Jessica Coleman

Jessica Coleman

Jessica Coleman ’99

Coleman is the founder of the nonprofit Color the Skies and the Modesto Children’s Garden. The garden provides a place for children to be active and learn to grow produce while planting the seeds for a healthy future.

A native of Boise, Idaho, Coleman graduated from College of the Pacific in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

In 2023, she created a scholarship for Central Valley students studying nutrition at Pacific.

For many years, Jessica and her husband Greg brought the Color the Skies hot air balloon show to Ripon.

Robert Eglet

Robert Eglet 

Robert Eglet ’88

Eglet is one of the world’s most successful litigators. Among his many achievements, he represented the plaintiffs in the case involving the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting.

Eglet and his colleagues secured a settlement of $800 million from MGM Resorts for the more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the shooting.

He is a graduate of the McGeorge School of Law and a generous contributor to Pacific.

Eglet and his wife and law partner, Tracy Eglet, made a historic gift to the McGeorge School of Law in 2021. The gift created scholarships for first-generation students and students of color and funded endowed chairs at the law school's advocacy center, renamed the Eglet Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in the couple’s honor.

Brad Gleason

Brad Gleason

Bradford “Brad” Gleason ’81

Gleason has more than 25 years of experience in planning and executive management strategies for farming operations. He is the president of West Hills Farm Services, which specializes in managing, equipment and harvest services for large-plot tree crops.

He previously served on the Board of Regents from 2017-19 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1981.

With a passion for sustainable farming practices and a commitment to community service, he has made positive impacts in both agricultural and water management.

Gleason has three grown children and currently resides in Pebble Beach, California.

Bradford Shafer

Bradford Shafer (Photo: Vanguard Law Magazine)

Bradford Shafer ’82

Shafer was a partner in the prestigious San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison during the early 1990s.

In 1996 he left the law firm to be general counsel for entrepreneurial medical device maker Heartport, Inc. In 1999 he became senior vice president and general counsel for Advanced Medicine, a biopharmaceutical company later rebranded as Theravance. The firm focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of next generation medicines for respiratory diseases, bacterial infections and gastrointestinal distress.

Shafer graduated magna cum laude from College of the Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He and his wife Carrie have five adult children and live in Napa.

Evan Dreyfuss

Evan Dreyfuss

Three other Regents are completing their service.

Evan Dreyfuss ’86

Elected to the board in July 2015, Dreyfuss is a portfolio manager with Twin Lake Total Return Partners, an investment fund he founded in 2022.

Dreyfuss and his wife Elizabeth continue to serve students through the Dreyfuss Family Fixed Income Fund, a student-run fund focused on bonds.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance from University of the Pacific in 1986.


Andrea Hoch

Andrea Hoch 

Andrea Lynn Hoch ’84

Elected to the board in July 2015, Hoch was appointed associate justice to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, serving 2011-23. She served as legal affairs secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2005 to 2011.

Hoch also worked as a legal adviser for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board and the Attorney General’s Office and has been in private practice.

She received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and JD from Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Brian Miller

Brian Miller 

Brian Miller ’91

Elected to the board in July 2021, Miller is a senior partner and chief people officer for Modern Executive Solutions. Miller has built a reputation for orchestrating cultural transformations and scaling workforces for high growth and start-ups.

He has worked in a variety of fields including businesses cloud tech, food tech and biopharma.

He received a bachelor’s degree from College of the Pacific and a master’s degree from Harvard University.