Envisioning a New Era of Discovery
In my first six months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting countless students, staff, alumni and friends in an effort to learn about everything that makes Pacific University a uniquely special place.
Many of these interactions came as a result of more than 90 question-and-answer sessions conducted during a highly successful nationwide Listening Tour. Many of you told me what you viewed as the strongest or most cherished aspect of your programs, and of the University as a whole.
Additionally, you shared your vision for Pacific and your respective areas 5 to 10 years into the future, while also noting potential barriers to the realizations of these aspirations. Your time and feedback is incredibly helpful, and a testament to the level of commitment you have in taking Pacific to new heights while keeping it a very personal place.
I am particularly fortunate to have inherited a dedicated faculty and staff, whose input has been invaluable in helping me identify the University’s long-term opportunities and challenges.
My initial draft of Vision 2020—A Framework for the Next Decade—reflects the following Pacific values:
- Discovery is an integral and essential component of the education process.
- The highest quality programs are delivered in a manner that is sustainable economically and environmentally.
- Pacific’s missions of education, discovery and service require a rich diversity of ideas, people and cultures.
- Excellence is achieved by supporting the people who deliver and receive the University’s programs.
- Graduates are motivated and prepared to contribute to the global community.
The Board of Trustees will soon examine this proposed 10-year vision, as well as a five-year action plan to implement the initial phase of the vision. The recommended plan is designed to maximize existing resources and strengths and leverage them to obtain additional resources to expand the institution’s breadth and depth both academically and as a community resource.
I cannot overstate how appreciative I am of all who contributed their thoughts and feelings about the University as we embark on this exciting era.
Lesley M. Hallick, Ph.D.