Pacific University extends its partnership with the United Kingdom's York St. John University

Pacific president Lesley Hallick and York St. John vice chancellor David Fleming formally extend a partnership between the two institutions.

Administrators from both institutions meet to discuss current and future collaborative endeavors.


Pacific University and the United Kingdom’s York St. John University cemented plans for continued and future collaboration May 10, 2012, when their respective leaders signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. 

The document, signed by Pacific University President Lesley Hallick and York St. John (YSJ) Vice Chancellor David Fleming at Montinore Vineyards in nearby Dilley, continues a collaborative relationship that began in 2008.

At that time, the two universities began a Student Exchange Agreement, then later formally signed papers for a three-year partnership that included visiting faculty exchanges, as well as development of joint research programs, conferences and other academic offerings to enhance the research and education process at both universities.

“Many of our faculty, staff and students will take advantage of this relationship in the coming years,” noted Pacific Provost John Miller.

“The challenges are many and great for both of our institutions,” said Fleming. “Sharing them...really has shown to me that we can benefit from this relationship a good deal.”

“We’re really pleased that you came,” added Hallick, adding, “As we discuss more aspects of what you are doing and what we are doing, it seems we keep finding more intersection of challenges that we both face, yet in different frameworks.”

Joining Fleming in a whirlwind four-day series of meeting with Pacific University administrators, staff and faculty were Ann Green, chair of the YSJ’s Board of Governors; Sue Reece, pro vice chancellor for development at YSJ and Steve Purcell, professor of cultural production and development at YSJ.

The four arrived in the evening of Wednesday, May 9, spending all of Thursday in meetings.

At the Health Professions campus, the four visitors met several Pacific administrators, including Steve Prag, director of International Programs; Jennifer Smythe, dean of the College of Optometry; Ann Barr, vice provost and executive dean of the College of Health Professions; and John White, director of Pacific’s School of Occupational Therapy.

The visitors also met administers of Pacific's partner healthcare organizations, including Dick Stenson, CEO of Tuality Health Care and Gil Muñoz, director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.

Pacific and York St. John are similar in structure with both a strong liberal arts college and a growing healthcare component.

Part of impetus for continuing agreement with Pacific, noted the UK visitors, is recent changes in the higher education environment in the UK. As a result, the visitors talked with their Pacific counterparts about a variety of topics, including marketing, alumni and fundraising, effective governance, and other topics.

“Seeing how other people approach change or deal with challenges is always instructive,” noted Hallick at the signing ceremony.

Chris Wilkes, vice provost for research, helped organize the visit, which included discussions for the visitors with several Pacific administrators, faculty and staff on higher education issues. 

Posted by Joe Lang ( on May 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Edited by Tammy Spencer ( on May 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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