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Gesine Gerhard leaving Pacific to become dean at Drake

Office of the ProvostFeb 8, 2018

Gesine Gerhard, Associate Dean and Professor of History in the College of the Pacific, has announced that she is leaving the university at the end of the spring semester to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, effective July 1.

Gerhard joined the university in 1999 as an assistant professor and was promoted through the ranks to earn the title of full professor in 2015. During her tenure at Pacific, Gerhard served as Director of the Gender Studies Program and Interim Co-Director of the Humanities Center. She most recently led the General Education program in her role as Director of General Education and Associate Dean of the College since 2012.  

During her tenure in this important leadership position, Gerhard oversaw a productive program review for one of the largest university-wide programs, introduced student success initiatives including PACS Plus to address the developmental writing needs of our first-year students, and launched new general education courses in the natural sciences designed to make science more accessible for non-science majors.  

She received numerous awards during her time at Pacific, including the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award in 2007, and had a tremendous record of university service. She chaired or served on numerous committees and teams over the years, including work on Pacific 2020R, the Early Alert Project Team and the Student Success Committee. In addition, Gerhard is a widely published author. Her most recent book, "Nazi Hunger Politics: A History of Food in the Third Reich," was published in 2015.  

Provost Pallavicini would like to thank Gerhard for her leadership in the College, commitment to general education and university service, and years of exemplary teaching and support for our students. We wish her success in her new role as dean at Drake.

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