Pacific University President Dr. Phillip Creighton Announces He Will Retire At End Of School Year
Dr. Phillip Creighton announced today that he will be leaving Pacific in July 2009.
The announcement came at the end of Dr. Creighton's State of the University Address, where he addressed the crowd of students, faculty, and staff and gave a positive appraisal of the University's recent growth and movement.
"This has been a hard decision for me to make," said Creighton, Pacific's 16th President. "I have a strong love for this University and its community. After discussing things with Leigh, we decided the time was right for us. I am pleased with what has been accomplished and where this University is going. I still have goals for Pacific that I plan to see realized over the next ten months."
Under Creighton, who came to Pacific 5 years ago from Eastern Oregon University, Pacific has experienced tremendous growth and accomplishments. In his tenure, the school has added graduate programs in Dental Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Healthcare Administration. Creighton was integral in construction and development of the Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro and four LEED Gold-certified buildings have been constructed on two of Pacific's campuses. A fifth green building, A.C. Gilbert Hall, was opened this fall. This year, enrollment eclipsed the 3,000 student mark for the first time in school history. And, Pacific University is perennially ranked highly in national magazines' annual reports, including U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Phil has been a visionary and champion for Pacific," said Tim Schauermann, Pacific Board of Trustees President. "Under his leadership, we have begun a trajectory that sees Pacific reaching new heights now and in the future. We will be very sad to see our friend Phil leave, and we wish him and his wife Leigh the best in retirement."
A nation-wide search for Pacific's 17th president will begin immediately. Creighton succeeded Dr. Faith Gabelnick in August of 2003. "My time here at Pacific has been the most rewarding experience of my academic career, and I consider all associated with this University as dear friends," said Creighton. "I am most pleased to leave Pacific at a time when I know the commitment to its future is in the great hands of its students, faculty, staff, and communities. There is a tradition of excellence here, and I look forward to being a part of this community for many years to come."
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