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President Eibeck’s Retirement | January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019

Dear Pacific Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni,

Following President Eibeck's announcement of her retirement, I am writing to share the next steps for continued leadership of the university.

The Board of Regents has appointed current provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Maria Pallavicini, as interim president, effective July 1, 2019. Provost Pallavicini has served as provost since 2011, and will work closely with President Eibeck to ensure a smooth transition and continued leadership.

Pacific is in the process of implementing several board initiatives that are critical to our future. President Eibeck has done an outstanding job of implementing these initiatives, and she will continue to lead our progress through July 1. The board has asked President Eibeck to focus on the following:

  • Complete preparations for the FY 20 (July 1, 2019) implementation of the compensation and budget adjustments (the board's compensation philosophy and charge for fiscal sustainability, respectively);
  • Prepare the university community for the WSCUC reaccreditation site visits taking place January through March;
  • Continue work on the university's strategic priorities: undergraduate and graduate student success; building a unified university; and expanding health programs for a health school;
  • Partner with Provost Pallavicini to transition leadership; and
  • Assist the board with succession planning.

The months ahead will require a shared commitment to collaboration by all. I am confident that the university community will work together on the implementation of the aforementioned initiatives.

Board members Corwin Harper, Norm Allen and I have been meeting with campus stakeholders, and will continue to do so, to foster open communication. I plan to update the campus community with details about these and future dialogues following discussion with the full board at our Feb. 1 meeting.

The board will begin discussions about the search process in the coming weeks, and I will communicate the details once they are established. We will engage the university community in helping define the important characteristics of the next leader and helping to set the stage for a successful search process.

On behalf of the board, I want to thank President Eibeck for her tremendous contributions, her 10 years of service to our students and our communities, and her unwavering commitment to making our university stronger for the future.


Kevin Huber '86
Chair, Board of Regents