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Pacific welcomes new leadership as new deans arrive this month

Four new deans will assume leadership at the helm of McGeorge School of Law, the Conservatory of Music, the Graduate School and University College.
Jul 7, 2017

The university community is excited to welcome new leadership this summer as four recently appointed deans arrive to begin their tenure at Pacific. Conservatory of Music Dean Peter Witte and McGeorge School of Law Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz took the helm for their respective schools July 1. Thomas Naehr, dean of the Graduate School, began last Friday, July 7. Patricia Campbell will arrive July 31 to assume her new post as dean of University College. Provost Maria Pallavicini will host welcome receptions for these new leaders on all three campuses after the fall term begins. More information will be forthcoming. 

Peter Witte

Peter Witte, dean of the Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music welcomes visionary leader Peter Witte as its new dean. Previously dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City, led UMKC to achieve its $48 million fundraising goal — the largest in the university's history for a single project — to fund a downtown arts campus for the school. He led efforts that resulted in a 45% increase in enrollment for students of color and international students, and under his leadership the school also saw increases in retention rates and degrees awarded. Witte has a strong commitment to community engagement and developed many partnerships with many local music and arts organizations during his tenure at UMKC. Read more>>

Michael Hunter SchwartzMichael Hunter Schwartz, dean of the McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge School of law welcomes Michael Hunter Schwartz, a national leader in legal education reform, as its new dean. Schwartz previously served as the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During tenure there, the law school's academic support and bar-pass programs were completely revamped, the curriculum was reformed, and a new mentoring program for first-year law students was created. Schwartz has climbed the National Jurist's list of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education for the past three years, this year being ranked ninth. He has written extensively on teaching law, including "What the Best Law Teachers Do," published by Harvard University Press. Read more>>  

Thomas Naehr

Thomas Naehr, dean of the Graduate School

Pacific welcomes Thomas Naehr as dean of the Graduate School, formerly the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, where he will continue to build and expand Pacific's robust, high quality graduate program portfolio. Naehr comes to Pacific from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he has served as the associate dean of graduate studies since 2013. During his academic career, he has sailed on more than a dozen offshore research expeditions, published extensively in national and international journals and presented to national and international audiences. Read more>> His office is located on the second floor of Knoles Hall on the Stockton Campus. He can be reached at or 209.932.3280.

Patricia Cambell

Patricia Campbell, dean of University College

Pacific will welcome Patricia Campbell later this month as the dean of University College. Campbell comes to Pacific from the American Public University System, where she has served since 2008, most recently as vice president and dean of graduate studies, research and innovation. In this role, she developed and promoted unique pathways for adult learners to complete their degrees. Pacific's University College, established in 1972, is the home of Pacific's degree completion programs for adult learners and non-degree continuing education programs. It was placed under the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) in 1999.  With Campbell's appointment, University College will return to its standing as a distinct academic unit under a dean's leadership, to reflect Pacific's increased focus on adult learners. Campbell will lead University College, which includes all the operations currently under CPCE, and will oversee the Center for Teaching and Learning, and have oversight for the Academic Technology Blueprint. Read more>>   

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