Listening and Learning with President Eibeck

In July 2009, Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck became the 24th president of University of the Pacific. Over the four months since she has been in her role, I’ve been impressed with the collaboration and openness she brings to her involvement with all of the University’s schools, including the dental school.

As part of her transition, President Eibeck is conducting an extensive “listening and learning” tour to gather input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco. The Dugoni School of Dentistry looks forward to hosting her at the San Francisco campus on November 11 for a series of departmental meetings and a town hall meeting for the whole school. While she has been to our campus several times before and met with campus representatives, we are pleased to welcome her again for some more in-depth gatherings.

University of the Pacific has built a very solid foundation when it comes to academic programs, people, financial stability and other aspects of the University community. It’s an exciting time to plan for the future under the direction of a new president. Our team at the dental school is looking forward to working with her more closely and seeing her ideas for the University unfold.

On a personal note, she is a joy to work with. She is a great listener and a quick study. Her enthusiasm rubs off, instilling me to do even more for the Dugoni School of Dentistry and the University. I look forward to many great years working with her.

President Eibeck follows in the footsteps of a respected and successful President, Dr. Donald DeRosa, who served in his position for 14 years. In her new role, I can see President Eibeck is already building up a positive track record through her enthusiasm, ideas about the future and collaborative style.

My experience becoming dean of this dental school more than three years ago also gave me a deeper understanding of what it’s like to follow in the footsteps of a leader with a storied track record, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni in our case.

In any leadership position, I think it’s important to respect history and learn from the past, while planning new ways forward. A change at the top brings a chance to do all of these things.

President Eibeck is in a unique position to build on our strengths by continuing to enhance educational quality, deepen the University's involvement in community engagement and build national visibility for the University – all areas in which she has expressed interest. We wish her all the best as we continue to work together for the good of the entire Pacific community.

A video of President Eibeck’s recent fall address can be watched below.

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