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Order of Pacific recipients recognized during Commencement ceremonies

Nine retiring faculty and administrators were recognized during Pacific's Commencement ceremonies with the Order of Pacific, the University's highest honor
Jun 30, 2014

The Order of Pacific was established by the Board of Regents in 1952 and is the highest award the University can give. It is intended to honor members of the University, Regents, faculty, administration and staff who have given distinguished service and made outstanding contributions to the University over a significant number of years. It is awarded to express the University's esteem and appreciation for the recipient's dedication to the University. To be considered for this award nominees normally have a minimum of 15 years of service to the University. Awards may be given posthumously.

The University Awards Committee reviews the nominations and submits its recommendation to the President. The President and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents must approve the awards, which are presented annually at Commencement.

The following were recognized during the 2014 Commencement Ceremonies.

Richard AboodRichard Abood
Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Dr. Abood served 23 years at Pacific. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy and J.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Prior to coming to Pacific, he was a professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Wyoming and concurrently served for several years as the executive director and legal counsel for the Wyoming Pharmaceutical Association. He has presented and published in the areas of pharmacy and health care law, including the textbook Pharmacy Practice and the Law, now in its 7th edition. In 2000, he received the President's Award from the American Society for Pharmacy Law for his achievements in the field, and received Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award in 2002. Abood described his role as a teacher: "to stimulate critical thinking and application of material and to make lectures interesting and informative. My classes are reading intensive and if they can get it out of the book then there is no use coming to class. So I like to think that I can add value making it worth coming to class."

Diane BordenDiane Borden
Professor of English in College of the Pacific 
Dr. Borden has served Pacific for 42 years. She was the first recipient of the Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, creating an interdisciplinary field in literature, psychology and philosophy. She has taught literature, poetry and interdisciplinary topics, organized the core courses in critical theory for the English major and established the film courses which became the foundation for the major. Borden served as chair of the English and film studies departments and served as guest faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Her published work has focused on cinema and psychoanalysis. She is the recipient of Pacific's Distinguished Faculty Award, the Spanos Teaching Award, the Faculty Lecture Award, the Director's Guild of America Award and the Mudd Memorial Prize. She has been recognized internationally as distinguished guest faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and received the International Lecturer Award at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, among others. "In the classroom I become one of the students and together we all venture into the world of ideas and creativity, of diverse interpretations and varied means of investigation," said Borden of her teaching philosophy. "At the root of teaching and learning stands curiosity, delight and discipline."

William CarpenterWilliam Carpenter
Professor in the Department of Dental Practice at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Dr. Carpenter has served Pacific for 28 years. He has held the position of professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Medicine at the dental school since 1986 and is a frequent lecturer for the school's continuing dental education department. He earned his DDS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship and a residency in oral pathology at the U.S. Army Institute of Dental Research and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Carpenter retired as a colonel after a 21-year career with the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He served four years as the consultant in oral pathology to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and to many military hospitals and dental services. He was also chief of the division of pathology and served as a mentor for the Army's oral pathology residency program. He is a fellow of and board certified with both the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Oral Pathology and is a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and contributed extensively to the dental literature in the fields of oral biology and oral pathology.

Patrick CavanaughPatrick D. Cavanaugh
Former Vice President for Business and Finance
Mr. Cavanaugh served as Pacific's Vice President for Business and Finance for 17 years. He steered the University to unprecedented fiscal strength during his tenure, including improved bond ratings, a greater-than 200 percent increase in net assets and endowment growth from $70 million to more than $334 million in FY13. Cavanaugh orchestrated the complex real estate deal that gave rise to the new nearly 400,000 square foot San Francisco campus at 155 Fifth St. — the largest real estate investment since the University's move to Stockton in 1924 — and oversaw numerous renovations and expansions, along with the planning and construction of important buildings that transformed the Stockton campus, including the biological sciences center, the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and clinics building, the John T. Chambers Technology Center and both Monagan and Brookside halls student apartments. Overall, he added some 12 acres of new or renovated floor space to the Stockton campus, and improved 50 acres of open space. He also bolstered the retirement savings program for faculty and staff and, with his wife Janita, endowed the Cavanaugh Distinguished Services Award, which annually recognizes employees for outstanding service on each of the University's three campuses.

Donald FloriddiaDonald Floriddia '71
Associate Dean of Student and Professional Affairs and Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry in Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Floriddia has served Pacific for 45 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences at Pacific. Appointed executive director of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity in 1972, he led a complete overhaul of the struggling organization during his tenure. He was awarded an M.S. in Nuclear Pharmacy Fellowship from the USC School of Pharmacy and took a development leave from Pacific in 1974. After completing the program and residency, he co-founded Pharm-Atomic, Inc., the first Centralized Nuclear Pharmacy in California, and wrote the Board of Pharmacy regulations overseeing nuclear pharmacy operations and drug distribution in California. In 1983 he was appointed chair of Pacific's Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry and has served as associate dean of student and professional affairs from 2000 to the present. In 2001, he was invited by Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates to serve on a review team for the pharmacy program of the Ajman University of Sciences and Technology in Dubai and Fujairah. He has held elected positions in state and national pharmacy organizations and received numerous honors and awards, including induction into the California Pharmacists Association's Hall of Fame (2010) and the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association's Hall of Fame (2012). 

William FordWilliam Ford
Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Ford has served Pacific for 39 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. He began teaching in the mathematics department. Seeing the need for courses in the burgeoning field of computer science, Ford helped establish the computer science program at Pacific. It became a separate department of College of the Pacific in 1986 and was accredited in 1989. The program experienced rapid growth over the next several years and moved to the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2001. Ford served as chair of the department from 2002 to 2013, helping to maintain a strong program and navigate the many industry challenges in recent years, such as the .com bust. He has published three textbooks on computer science with co-author William Topp, and has published research in computing and mathematics.

Phil GilbertsonPhilip N. Gilbertson
Former Provost
Dr. Gilbertson served 18 years at Pacific as the University's first Provost. Gilbertson is responsible for bringing much of the current strong and inspired leadership on board and for robust increases in enrollment. He established the position of assistant provost for diversity and supported many initiatives to improve diversity hiring policies and bring about an inclusive campus climate, including the adoption of the University's first Statement of Diversity and Inclusion. He greatly enhanced faculty development and academic quality through the establishment of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He led significant improvements in technology infrastructure, including more robust academic software, smart classrooms and transforming Pacific to a wireless campus. He made three trips to China, as well as Africa, the Middle East and South America to help develop and enhance educational exchange programs and was a strong advocate for enhanced experiential learning opportunities for students, including undergraduate research, internships and study abroad. He is nearing completion of a new history of University of the Pacific that will be published in print and in an interactive online edition.

Jon SchamberJon Schamber '74, '75
Professor in the Department of Communication of College of the Pacific
Dr. Schamber has served 34 years at Pacific. A former Pacific debater and assistant debate coach under legendary coach Paul Winters, Schamber later returned to Pacific to replace the retiring Winters in 1980. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He served nine years as director of forensics, four years as chair of the Communication Department and 20 years as director of graduate studies. In 1994, then-Dean Bob Benedetti recruited Schamber to serve as the associate dean of the College. Recruited in 2000 to serve as director of general education, he revamped the Mentor Seminar program over the next four years by expanding service learning opportunities for students. In his last year as director, 43 percent of the freshman class signed up for community-based learning sections of Mentor Seminar II. An ambitious assessment research agenda on high-impact educational practices working with Dr. Sandy Mahoney resulted in the publication of a series of articles in the Journal of General Education and conference presentations for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recently, Schamber served as the director of educational effectiveness and assessment for the College. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Faye and Alex G. Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the Distinguished Faculty Award (2003), the Judith M. Chambers Excellence in Student Life Award (2004), the Hoefer Prize in Experiential Learning (2007), Pacific Seminar I Teaching Excellence Award (2007), and the Pacific Alumni Association Faculty Mentor Award (2011). 

Ray SylvesterHorst (Ray) Sylvester
Former Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing in the Eberhardt School of Business
The late Dr. Sylvester served Pacific 42 years prior to his death on February 4, 2014.  He joined the faculty at University of the Pacific in 1972 and served the School of Business in the capacity of associate dean for undergraduate programs since 1987. Sylvester took his role as a teacher and mentor very seriously and took pride in helping students become graduates. He was often at new student orientations and had attended every commencement ceremony and business school diploma and hooding ceremony since he came to Pacific. Sylvester also took a very active leadership role across the University and served in numerous capacities through the years, from academic affairs to program review to accreditation committees, just to name a few. Sylvester was deeply committed to Pacific and to helping the University achieve the highest quality curricular and co-curricular experience for its students. He was awarded the Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life in 2005 and the 2012 Judy Chambers Award for his contributions to Student Life. At the time of his death, Sylvester was president-elect of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society national board of directors. Sylvester has been an active member of the Society's board since 2007, serving as vice president of the western region and vice president for marketing and member benefits. His award was presented posthumously to his son Paul Sylvester '00.


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