Sean Roush '97 | Alumni Board Profile

Alumni Board Member Sean Roush answers questions about Pacific University.

What is your favorite thing about Pacific University?
Probably my favorite thing about Pacific is the small and personal nature of the Pacific community.  No one is above approach and everyone is friendly and helpful.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Pacific community?
Getting to know different people in different areas of the community.  Coming back to Pacific as a faculty member in the School of Occupational Therapy has given me the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to build new relationships with Pacific students, staff, and faculty.

Why do you think Pacific is a high-quality place for students to attend? What do you think sets Pacific apart from other Universities?
Students at Pacific get to have a more personal relationship with faculty and staff which really promotes learning opportunities. There are also many connections with the local community so that Pacific is not set aside from the community at large. These connections provide students with many learning opportunities that they miss out on at larger institutions.

What is one thing you would change about the University if you had the power to do so?
Being on the Hillsboro Campus I miss the outdoor space at the main campus so I’d like to see more green space on the Hillsboro Campus along with more opportunities for the undergraduate and graduate programs to work together.

What do you admire most about the University?
It’s commitment to the local community and to providing the best educational opportunities possible for its students.

What is your fondest memory from your time at Pacific?
Right off hand I can’t come up with one fondest memory. As a student, I enjoyed just being on campus and connecting with others in many ways.

Why did you decide to take a position on the board?
I took a position on the board so that I could become more involved and give back to the Pacific community.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with my family, doing home improvement projects, reading, and listening to music (both recorded and live).

What do you think is the most important quality in a person?
Being trustworthy and honest, these are the cornerstones to build from.

What is/are your favorite phrase/words of wisdom?
“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself” and “Don’t Dream it, Be It.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?
Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
Fought forest fires for a season in Oregon and Montana.     

If you could have dinner with anybody who would it be?
That’s a tough one, there’s so many! I would have loved to meet Sammy Davis Jr. because of his life experience in show business and little publicized role in the civil rights movement. Gene Roddenberry would have also been incredible because of his vision and hope for the future.


If you could be born in a different time period, what would it be?
Probably the 30’s or 40’s because of the great music and entertainment of that era.

What is one skill you don’t have but wish you did?
Someday I’d like to get my pilots license and fly small aircraft.

Posted by Alumni Relations ( on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

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