Transitions, Spring 2012

Pacific University welcomes new leaders to its campuses.

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Cassie McVeety

Cassie McVeety joins Pacific University as the vice president for university advancement. She has served for the past three years as the vice president for college advancement at Mt. Hood Community College and executive director of the MHCC Foundation. Prior to her current post, she was vice president for university relations at Portland State University. She joins the University on June 1.

Christiane Brems

Dr. Christiane Brems has been named dean of the School of Professional Psychology. Brems is a distinguished professor and scholar from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is co-director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, as well as a professor of psychology. She is an active researcher who has been extensively published. Brems joins the College of Health Professions in Hillsboro on July 1.

Ian Sperling

Ian Sperling

Ian Sperling joins Pacific as director of fundraising events. Sperling oversees the Legends Classic, the University's signature fundraising event for student athletes. Sperling's background is uniquely suited for the new position. He has spent the last seven years as tournament director for the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore., where he managed close to 150 tournaments annually.

Lisa Carstens

Lisa Carstens, Ph.D., has been selected as the next dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Carstens earned her doctoral degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. She joined Virginia Wesleyan in 1997 as an assistant professor, elevated to associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2008. She taught courses in theory and criticism, modernism, women's and gender studies, British literature and writing. In addition to teaching, she has authored several academic publications and made many conference presentations.