The start of the Fall Semester on our campus best captures the essence of renewal and change. New students and faculty; more mature students returning with exciting stories of "what they did this summer"; and a renewed, refreshed campus after a summer of construction and renovation all greeted the new academic year. Frankly, I think that Pacific has never experienced such significant changes as these that occurred with the beginning of this fall semester.
In August, we opened the new Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro after a wonderful dedication and ribbon cutting. Both Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith, Congressman David Wu, Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes, and a sizeable crowd helped recognize Pacific's expansion and emphasis on health care education.
The Health Professions Campus provides space for our new programs in Pharmacy and Dental Health Sciences; existing programs of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and a portion of Professional Psychology; along with a new optometric clinic. The campus also houses our educational partner, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
Change was a constant feature over the summer at the Forest Grove campus, too. We opened Burlingham Residence Hall, which provides exceptional living space for more than 160 residents. Burlingham Hall, named in recognition of the many contributions that the Burlingham family has made to Pacific University for over 75 years, is the only sustainable, Gold LEED Certified residence hall in the West. I encourage you to read more about our new facilities in this issue of Pacific magazine.
Part of our change this fall was the largest freshmen class and the largest total enrollment (over 2,800) ever for Pacific University. There is a life and vibrancy on campus that I hope you can experience by visiting with us soon. As always, I welcome you to drop me a note.
Phil Creighton, President