Strategic Plan

Pacific University engaged in a strategic planning process beginning in spring 2023 to envision the next chapter of our future. On March 9, 2024, the Board of Trustees approved the strategic plan. A strategic planning steering committee is now being established under the direction of Dr. Lisa Carstens, vice provost for academic affairs and accreditation liaison officer. The steering committee will lead the university and strategic action planning teams in actualizing our vision for the future of Pacific University.

Strategic Priorities and Objectives

A strategic planning task force, in partnership with external partner the Benefactor Group and with feedback and endorsement from the university community, worked through a discover-dream-design-deliver process to define our vision for the future of Pacific University. The plan includes the following three priorities and 12 objectives:


The Pacific University community will be empowered by a robust and diverse student body, world-class faculty and staff, and effective leadership. Collectively, these individuals will be dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice.


  • A best in class university for learning.
  • A great place to work.
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • An embracing of innovation throughout our programs, services, and operations.


Pacific University will be an environment where all can thrive. Teaching, learning, living, and personal growth will take place in a diverse community, served by the built and natural environment, and sustained by sound operations and policies.


  • Systems that are operationally efficient and strategically innovative.
  • An inclusive environment where diverse students, faculty, and staff thrive.
  • A thriving culture of collaboration and communication.
  • Desirable spaces and places that are accessible, safe, sustainable, and operationally sound.


Pacific University will harness resources to achieve aspirational goals that advance fiscal health, academic achievement, scholarship and research, and far-reaching impact. Revenue sources will be diverse, stable, and robust.


  • A thriving culture of philanthropy and an engaged community of mission champions
  • A robust selection of academic, international, athletic, and cross-cultural programs
  • Increased community engagement, discourse, knowledge-sharing, and partnerships
  • Marketing and communication of the ways in which our students, alumni, faculty, and staff lead lives of purpose and make meaningful impact on the world.

Next Steps

  • Establish and convene the Strategic Planning Steering Committee
  • Establish Strategic Action Planning Teams to evaluate and recommend to the Steering Committee proposed strategic projects
  • Project submission and selection – projects gathered during the development of the strategic plan will be included along with an open call for project submissions
  • Project implementation


This page will continue to be updated as the strategic plan is incorporated into our operations.

Contact Us

Brandon Gatke | Task Force Chair


Save the date for in-person and virtual World Café sessions. This is your best opportunity to provide your input for Pacific University’s strategic plan. Sessions will be available in Hillsboro on May 9, Forest Grove on May 10, and virtually on May 11. Employees also will receive a survey for additional input.