New Professional Studies Building is Named
James and Mary Berglund Hall will house education, business programs
The Pacific University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to honor a family, alumni, donors and a board member by naming the new Professional Studies Building in their honor. The James and Mary Berglund Hall will be constructed on the southeast corner of the Forest Grove campus, between the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center and Murdock Hall.
"It's an honor to have our family recognized like this," said James Berglund. "After Mary and I graduated from Pacific, we've remained connected to the University in many ways. To be able to have our name connected to this fine institution is a great honor."
Both Drs. James and Mary Berglund graduated from Pacific University; James in 1960 with a doctorate in Optometry, and Mary in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Mary went on to earn a master's and doctorate in economics in California. She graduated at Pacific University with the highest grade point average of her graduating class.
James Berglund spent 21 years in the optical field, both in private optometric practice and industry businesses. In 1985 he established Enterprise Partners, a venture capital firm in La Jolla, California, where he remains Managing Director and General Partner today. Mary Berglund is a retired economics professor and is currently executive vice-president and treasurer of The J. Berglund Co., an asset management and investment company in California. California Governor Pete Wilson appointed Mary to the California Transportation Commission in 1994. James Berglund was elected to the Pacific University Board of Trustees in 2001. They both sit on the boards of several organizations in San Diego and elsewhere.
The Berglund's donated $3 million to Pacific University in 2000 to establish the Berglund Center for Internet Studies. They transferred that Berglund Center endowment in March 2005 to establish the James and Mary Berglund Hall building fund. The University will continue to fund the Berglund Center for Internet Studies.
The Professional Studies Building, which is part of the current five-year strategic plan of the University, will provide a new home for the College of Education and its Child Development Center, and will include state-of-the-art facilities for expansion of the University's business program. The Berglund Center for Internet Studies will also be housed there.
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