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University of the Pacific Names Next President

February  26, 2009

Pamela Eibeck

Pamela Eibeck

Pamela Eibeck, dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University, has been selected as the 24th president of University of the Pacific. She will become Pacific's first woman president and the sixth since the University moved to Stockton in 1924.

Eibeck, 51, will begin her appointment at Pacific on July 1, 2009. She succeeds President Donald V. DeRosa, who will retire on June 30 after a 14-year tenure. A full University welcome reception and press conference will be held in late March. Details will be announced as soon as possible.

"Pam Eibeck is a distinguished scholar and a proven administrator, with the leadership ability to continue Pacific on the upward trajectory established by President DeRosa," said Tom Zuckerman, chair of the Board of Regents. "She earned the admiration of the Board with her energy, her stellar administrative track record, and her interest in community engagement."

"It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve as the next president of University of the Pacific," said Eibeck. "It is also humbling to follow such a great leader as Don DeRosa, who has worked with Pacific faculty, staff and alumni to create an exceptional student-centered university. I look forward to joining the dynamic Pacific community and working together toward ever greater heights of excellence."

As dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech, Eibeck has responsibility for eight academic departments, 33 degree programs and a $55 million budget. The college has 4,400 students, 156 faculty and five research centers. With an endowment of $57 million, $16.5 million in research funding and 18 endowed chairs, Texas Tech's engineering school is perennially ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report. It also is one of the nation's largest engineering colleges.

Eibeck received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering between 1979 and 1986 from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned tenure and served from 1985 to 1995. In 1995, she became a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University, where she later served as director of the honors program and then vice provost for undergraduate studies. In 2004, Eibeck was named dean of the 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 the space shuttles. Her later work focused on engineering educational reform, including early use of multimedia in the classroom, curriculum development and, most recently, ways to attract young people and women to the profession. She has authored or co-authored nearly 50 articles and papers.

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.

Pacific's presidential search began in summer 2008, following President DeRosa's announcement that he would retire the following year. The search committee was led by former board chair Dianne Philibosian and included board members, faculty, staff, alumni and students. Eibeck was selected from three final candidates who appeared at Pacific for interviews in January and February.

Eibeck takes the helm at a university with record applications and relative financial strength in this unsteady economic climate. In 2007, Pacific completed a $330 million comprehensive campaign capped by a $100 million estate gift from the late Robert and current Regent Jeannette Powell. In 2008, Pacific opened its first green building, the $37.5 million Don and Karen DeRosa University Center (named by the Regents for the retiring President and his wife). A major Biological Sciences Center also opened in 2008. The University recently broke ground on the $7.5 million Janssen-Lagorio Multipurpose Gymnasium, and expects to begin construction soon on the $10 million John T. Chambers Technology Center.

The next president follows Donald V. DeRosa, who is widely credited with turning around an institution with financial, academic and fundraising problems. During DeRosa's presidency, Pacific faculty, students, programs and alumni have received numerous national awards and distinctions; applications to the College of Arts and Sciences and to Pacific's eight professional schools have dramatically increased; and the endowment has more than tripled.

Eibeck is married to William D. Jeffery, a law professor and a native of California. They have four children. Sons Andrew and Kevin live in the Bay Area. Daughter Katherine is currently a freshman at the University of Southern California. Their youngest son, Will, is a senior in high school.

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