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Dean Ferrillo Named Interim Provost of University of the Pacific

April  05, 2010

Today University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck announced that Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, will serve as interim provost of Pacific. Ferrillo will start July 1, the day after long-time Provost Phil Gilbertson retires.

The University is currently conducting a nationwide search for a provost and plans to name a permanent replacement in the fall. The provost oversees all academic programs on Pacific's Stockton, San Francisco and Sacramento campuses.

"The nominations of nearly every dean for interim provost from the campus community demonstrated the breadth of talent and confidence we have in all of our deans," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "I appreciate Dean Ferrillo's willingness to take on this important role, and in so doing, help to further develop ties between our Stockton and San Francisco campuses."

Ferrillo will spend four days per week on the Stockton campus. He will continue close involvement with donors and other external audiences at the Dugoni School of Dentistry while he is interim provost.

Dr. Nader Nadershahi, currently associate dean for academic affairs at the dental school, will step into the role of acting dean of the dental school. Nadershahi will have day-to-day management responsibility for the dental school while Ferrillo serves as interim provost. He will also continue his academic dean responsibilities.

Ferrillo has served as dean to the Dugoni School of Dentistry since 2006. He previously worked in similar academic positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Southern Illinois University. He was a professor of dentistry at several universities from 1976 through 2002 and also had a private dental practice in St. Louis from 1978 - 2002. Ferrillo has a bachelor's of science from Georgetown University and both a doctorate of dentistry and a certificate in endodontic techniques from Baylor College.

Phil Gilbertson was appointed as Pacific's first provost nearly 15 years ago. He announced his retirement date last year. The University formed a Provost Search Committee last fall and invited two candidates to visit Pacific's three campuses earlier this year. While both candidates had impressive resumes, the University chose to extend the search for candidates who would be a better fit for Pacific.

The official announcement about Ferrillo's new appointment can be found online at More information about the search for a new provost can be found online at

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