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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Message from President Eibeck

I am pleased to announce this initiative which seeks to strenghten partnerships between the University and our community. In the 1920s, Stockton leaders campaigned to bring the College of the Pacific to this city, and since then, Stockton has continued to recognize the importance of higher education. The partnership that began 85 years ago has helped to foster a nationally ranked private university dedicated to student-centered education.

We are proud of our deep roots here and remain committed, not only to quality education for our students, but also to serving the needs of our region and its diverse population. We are dedicated to the stewardship of the fragile Delta ecosystem, with its natural resources, beauty and opportunities for recreation. We also are committed to our city and region as they face economic challenges and engage new ideas for healthcare, art and culture.

As a new president, I am learning about what we have done well in our community and where we can make a greater difference. What opportunities exist for community partnership as we educate our students to become powerful forces for change?

Beyond Our Gates: Into the Community is a series of public townhall events, designed to help me and others at Pacific understand our community's needs and aspirations. The fates of Stockton and Pacific are inextricably entwined. If local jobs aren't available, or our local students aren't adequately prepared for college, that affects Pacific. If Pacific isn't producing highly trained graduates for our region's workforce, adding economic and cultural benefit to the community, that slows Stockton's progress.

I hope you'll attend one or all of these six events focusing on: healthcare, the economy, energy and the environment, education, diversity, and arts and culture. At the conclusion of this effort, we'll meet with city and regional leadership to identify potential partnerships that can have the most significant impact on this region.


Pamela A. Eibeck, PhD, PE