Letter from President Creighton

Photo: President Phil Creighton at Health Professions Campus groundbreaking ceremonyPerhaps more than any other time of year on campus, fall is a time of new beginnings and fresh potential. The students and faculty have returned, classes and rooms have been chosen, new friendships have been formed, and there is excitement and anticipation in the air. Do you remember the blur of new class schedules, new books – and new beginnings?

At Pacific we are enjoying a particularly successful beginning this fall as we rang the bell of Old College Hall with a record incoming freshman class in the College of Arts and Sciences. This summer has seen much activity too with the moving of thousands of books from the old library to the new, the first new building on campus in a decade. A new residence hall on the north end of the Forest Grove campus is in progress, and the Professional Studies Building near the new library is scheduled to break ground in the spring.

In August we also broke ground on the new $30 million Hillsboro health professions campus next door to Tuality Healthcare. There is much excitement in the College of Health Professions with two new programs, Pharmacy and Dental Health Science, and all schools reaching enrollment goals.

With so many things new, you may be feeling the same blur as many of our new students. However, we hold dear those traditions, values, and relationships that characterize Pacific. For example, the summer also marked a special milestone for our neighbors. The Forest Grove United Church of Christ (Congregational) celebrated the 160th anniversary of its founding. As a prelude to our annual Founders’ Week, campus, church, and community members gathered at the “Petrified Stump” to remember the contributions of the Rev. Harvey Clark and others to both the founding of the church in Forest Grove in 1845 and the founding of the University by Congregationalist church members.

So, this fall we are both honoring our past and looking with anticipation to the future. In this issue of Pacific we give you a preview of the months ahead as we see what the new residence hall will look like and explore some of the new thinking that has gone into that project. We also chronicle the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, which we have been proud to house on campus since 1996. The OHRC, which has stewardship of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland’s Washington Park, will have a new home in the Professional Studies Building. Finally, in addition to reporting on the many activities of our alumni and donors, we take a look at student athletes who choose to take a break from athletics to experience the riches of study abroad, one of the cornerstones of the Pacific experience.

I’m looking forward to another active and productive year at the University as we continue on our progressive development. I invite you to come out and see what we have been up to. And as always, I invite you to share your thoughts with me at philcreighton@pacificu.edu.


Phil Creighton, President