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President Pamela Eibeck's two-year term as chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities begins October 24.

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Pamela A. Eibeck named chair of Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Oct 22, 2014

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins October 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Eibeck is University of the Pacific’s 24th president and the first woman to hold the position. A mechanical engineer, she holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. Her research on heat transfer influenced the design of NASA’s space shuttles, and her later work focused on engineering education reform. Her efforts earned her the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.

“We are excited to welcome Pam as our new chairwoman,” said AICCU President Kristen Soares. “Her professional background as a teacher, university administrator, and educational reformer makes her a powerhouse within the higher education community. We look forward to the innovative work that she will bring to AICCU in helping us take our network of 77 colleges and universities to the next level.”

The AICCU’s core mission is to improve lives through higher education. Member institutions range from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional" programs of study; and professional schools that specialize in business, law, medicine and more. Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges is required for membership, as is fulfilling a public purpose through nonprofit status.

In addition to providing creative and intellectual higher education resources to assure California's future economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve—as large employers and consumers of local goods and services. For more information, visit

About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and other programs, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. For more information, visit

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