On Thursday, March 9, 2023, Pacific University celebrated the installation of Jennifer Coyle '90, OD '93, MS '00 as its 18th president. A week-long showcase of special events preceded the inauguration ceremony, highlighting the mission of Pacific and the amazing contributions of its people.
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The 1990s was a watershed period for LGBTQ+ rights across the country. In Oregon and at Pacific, incremental gains were accomplished amid a climate of of fear and hostility. Through the social and institutional challenges, progress continued. Today, the university works to celebrate diversity.
Over the last 30 years at Pacific, programs were added and expanded; enrollment grew. The vast majority — about 80 percent — of Pacific’s living alumni attended the university in the last 30 years. Now scattered from Washington County, Oregon, to points around the planet, they represent an increased diversity of disciplines and experiences, as well as after-graduation achievement.
Global opportunities have long been a part of the Pacific University experience, and they are on the rise.
Pacific's relationship with Japanese students dates almost back to the university's first days; now it has a firm connection to a leading university that sends students to Oregon, and accepts many others in return.
Before Comfort Ricketts ever reached Pacific, she made a harrowing escape in Nigeria. At Pacific and afterward, she has influenced people and changed lives.
Their ethos of community engagement made the Sutton family a perfect fit for Pacific. And they helped forge an enduring relationship between Pacific and the University of Western Australia.
A long-lost seasonal lake that was a center of life for Native Americans who lived in the Tualatin Valley two centuries ago is slowly regaining its form, thanks to the efforts of members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and volunteers from Pacific University.
Martha Cuevas-Ramos SLP '17, who is being awarded an Emerging Leader alumni award, knows the joy on a mother's face. She helps put it there.
Derek Brown '98, MAT '99, says leadership "was a powerful idea for me." His career as an educator, policy setter, officer and musician illustrates that.