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

Headlines

From President Hallick

Pacific will offer hybrid approaches to recognizing spring graduates, including small photo shoot opportunities and a virtual ceremony.

From President Hallick

I invite you to join me Monday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. for a virtual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Undergraduate Student Senate and the Human Rights Council of Washington County.

From President Hallick

Ann Barr-Gillespie will become provost and vice president for academic affairs, following the retirement of John Miller in June. Sarah Phillips, while retaining her role as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will become vice president for enrollment management, in the position currently vacant following this summer’s retirement of Mark Ankeny. Both positions become effective July 1. Karla Staihar joined the Cabinet as chief of staff as of Jan. 1.