Dear Pacific community members,
It is my pleasure to announce two new Pacific University leadership appointments in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
Dr. Mark Ankeny has accepted the position of vice president of enrollment management and student affairs. The appointment will encompass all the areas in Student Affairs that reported to Vice President Eva Krebs and will also formally lead the continuation of the successful coordination between Student Affairs and other areas of the University in enrollment management, student success and student life.
At the same time, we wish to announce that Will Perkins has agreed to serve in the newly created position of associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students.
Both positions became effective Sept. 1. I am excited to be able to enhance the structure of Student Affairs by reestablishing the dean of students position. Together, Will and Mark will provide continuity and support for students, as well as strategic leadership as the University continues to grow its diverse student body.
Dr. Ankeny brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the vice president role. He has served as dean of Pacific’s College of Education since 2006, and he will retain that position as he joins the Cabinet and takes on the vice president duties.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at George Fox College, his master of science in education from Portland State University and his Ph.D. in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon.
After working as a counselor and K-12 teacher for many years, he became a professor and later assistant dean at the School of Education at George Fox. He also served as dean of the School of Education at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
At Pacific, he has been active in University-wide leadership, as well as in the College of Education. He was instrumental in helping create the Early Learning Community Preschool, as well as the new School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. As vice provost for student success, he also has taken the lead in the Student Success project—an endeavor that will continue under his leadership— as well as in building articulation agreements with other institutions.
His experience in enrollment management and recruiting will be invaluable as Pacific seeks to capitalize on this year’s record enrollment and continue its growth.
Meanwhile, Will Perkins has been an indispensable asset in Student Affairs since joining Pacific in 2005. With a background in child and family counseling, he served as director of student service for the College of Optometry from 2005 to 2008, as associate dean for graduate and professional students starting in 2008, then as assistant vice president of student affairs in 2010. He began serving as acting vice president of student affairs shortly before Eva Krebs’ passing in July, and he has been the interim vice president for student affairs since then.
Will earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a master of counseling from Arizona State University. At Pacific, he has provided support, assistance and opportunity for our students, and as assistant vice president and dean of students, he stands ready to continue that advocacy.
I look forward to the contributions Will and Mark will bring to Pacific University Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and I appreciate their continued leadership in our institution. Please join me in welcoming them both to their new positions.
Lesley M. Hallick