In Memoriam: Mike Wright
Pacific University Trustee Emeritus Mike Wright died Feb. 27, 2021, at age 73. He retired as president and CEO of Wellpartner Inc.,which he co-founded in 1999. It was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the Northwest, and he was named the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Prior to Wellpartner, he also founded two other companies, Gene Therapeutics and Microheart, and served as president and CEO of TomTec Imaging. He spent the bulk of his career with Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. He also was an active supporter of nonprofit organizations, including serving as a chairman of the board of The Neuropsychiatric Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. He joined Pacific's Board of Trustees in 2013 and earned emeritus status in 2020.
He is survived by his wife, Cleta; daughters Natalie and Joanie (and Shannon); and grandchildren Anders, Larson, Inga, Grady and Adeline.