President's Office

Welcome to Pacific University!

Founded in 1848, we were one of the first schools established in the West, originally as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail and later growing into the comprehensive university we are today.

Our pioneering legacy lives on in our modern university, which provides undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to students on four campuses throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This is a place brimming with intellectual curiosity, energy and the spirit of discovery.

We are a community of highly motivated, intellectual students, faculty and staff members committed to an intimate, personalized education. At Pacific, there are many traditions, but foremost among them is teaching. Here, professors know more than just your name; they know your dreams, and they help you fulfill them.

Whether you study the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions, or business, at Pacific University, you gain an education that prepares you for a life and career as an engaged and caring citizen and a leader in a global community.

I invite you to take a closer look at our extensive offerings and to consider Pacific University — a place where students are inspired to think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world — for the next step in your journey.

Lesley M. Hallick
President

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President Lesley M. Hallick

“Our thanks and gratitude to President Hallick for her incredible vision, steady fiscal savvy and continual support for student success,” said Board of Trustees Chair Gerald Yoshida ’73. “We are especially grateful that Lesley delayed her planned retirement by over a year in order to successfully see Pacific through the COVID crisis. Her dedication and leadership have well positioned Pacific and our students for the future and the university has never been stronger.”

Celebrating Pride Month

We are keenly aware that members of LGBTQIA communities continue to face many barriers and injustices in our society. During this month, we acknowledge the turbulent history of the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement, while also celebrating the courage, strength and resilience of those communities in the midst of adversity and in the pursuit of equality. Throughout Pride Month, and all year, Pacific University stands in support of LGBTQIA+ communities and is committed to continuing to foster a more inclusive culture of equity on our campuses and in our world.

From President Hallick

Pacific University is a community dedicated to anti-racism and justice, and we firmly condemn hate and violence of all forms. This includes the recent acts of violence against the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.