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Highlights from the May Board of Regents meeting

Jun 6, 2017

Highlights from each Board of Regents meeting will be reported in the Pacific Insider to inform the campus community of the Board's actions and major discussions. The Board plays an important role as the governing body of the university, responsible for the quality and integrity of the education provided to students and the financial sustainability of the university. Board members are experts from business, education, health, law and other fields, and most are alumni. Board members are volunteers and pay for their meeting travel and expenses. The chair and chair-elect of the Academic Council, the president and president-elect of the Pacific Alumni Association and the president and vice president of the Associated Students of University of the Pacific are recognized as non-voting liaison representatives to the Board and provide a report at each meeting.

Major highlights from the meeting May 4-5, 2017:   

Pacific 2020 Refresh Approved
The Board approved the Pacific 2020 Refresh as the university's strategic plan. The final draft had been updated in response to feedback from the Board at its February meeting and from the university community in April. Pacific 2020 Refresh focuses on two themes that will guide the university's work for the next five years: Students with Purpose and Agile and Dynamic Growth. Five priorities (with associated initiatives, actions and timelines) support these themes: Integrate Undergraduate Student Support, Integrate Graduate Support, Create a Transformative Liberal Arts Experience, Build a Unified University and Develop a School of Health. Look for more information regarding the strategic plan implementation process beginning late summer.  

Pacific Values Plenary
The Board held a plenary session to discuss Pacific's Values Initiative and provide feedback on the next phases. Board recommendations included seeking broad input from the university community; communicating throughout the process; limiting the number of core values to ensure they are easily articulated and focused upon; promoting and sharing the values prominently, and ensuring our activities reflect our values. The Pacific Values Steering Committee will continue its work over the summer as it analyzes feedback from the focus groups, interviews and survey, and will continue to provide updates via its SharePoint site and Pacific Insider.  

President Eibeck's Contract Renewed
The Board, in Executive Session, approved the extension of President Pamela A. Eibeck's contract for an additional five years, through June 2022. The Board enumerated Pacific's numerous accomplishments under President Eibeck's leadership including expanding Pacific's presence and fostering its growth in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton to become a 3-city university; refocusing the law school curriculum to establish a niche in capital city lawyering; adding new business, technology and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs in Stockton including innovative cross-disciplinary programs like Media X; investing in initiatives that support student recruitment, retention and success; rejoining the West Coast Conference and updating sports and training facilities; and surpassing the halfway mark of the university's $300 million fundraising campaign.  

Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt Joins Board, Kevin Huber Named Chair
Bank of Stockton executive Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt has been named to the Board of Regents, continuing her family's long tradition of service to the university. Her grandfather, parents and uncle all have served as Regents. The Eberhardt family received the Pacific Alumni Association's Outstanding Family Award in 2014 and Pacific's school of business is named in honor of the family's dedication to the university. Kevin Huber, who served as the Board of Regents Vice Chair, was named the board's Chair, succeeding outgoing long-time Chair Kathleen Lagorio Janssen. He was elected to the board in July 2011 and takes the helm as Chair July 1. Read more>>

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