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:

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.

Portrait of Lesley M. Hallick, President of Pacific University

Lesley M. Hallick came to Pacific University following a distinguished 32-year career at Portland's academic healthcare center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).