November 13, 2009
New president of University of the Pacific Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck visited with students, faculty and staff of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry during a lunchtime town hall meeting, tour and reception on Nov. 11. Since she took office in July, Eibeck has been familiarizing herself with the entire Pacific community at University campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco.
Early in the day, Eibeck toured the dental school with campus leaders and visited with student and faculty in the Simulation Lab, Main Clinic, Oral Surgery suites and other areas. She then met in group sessions with representatives from the student body, staff and faculty who gave presentations about the wide range of programs and activities going on at the school. While she has visited the campus several times before, this day-long opportunity offered an even closer look at the people and programs at the dental school.
"It's phenomenal to have the sort of quality students that the Dugoni School of Dentistry has here in San Francisco," said Eibeck. "I'm also impressed by the strong commitment to serving the community and want to congratulate all of the students who are involved in projects such as SCOPE and Project Homeless Connect."
Eibeck also led the town hall meeting which was widely attended by students, faculty and staff. During the hour-long discussion, she focused on sharing her background as well as her observations of Pacific's unique position within the higher education community. Among topics discussed were enrollment trends at all three of Pacific's campuses, community involvement and the financial state of the university.
At a special evening reception hosted by the Pacific Alumni Association, Eibeck met with alumni from throughout the region at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Bay Area alumni who graduated from the Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific McGeorge School of Law and the University's main campus in Stockton all were invited to meet the new president and hear more about her vision for the future. During an extensive question-and-answer session, Eibeck expressed her desire to better integrate the Stockton campus into the city's community and shared updates about the growing diversity in the student body, among many other areas of interest.
Pamela Eibeck is Pacific's 24th president, the sixth president since the university moved to Stockton in 1924 and the first woman to hold the office. Her presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer and university administrator.
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