UM University of Pacific Makes History in Naming New President

February 27, 2009

The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California has its first woman president.


The United Methodist-related institution yesterday named Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University, to its top post.


Eibeck becomes UOP's 24th president and the sixth since the university moved to Stockton in 1924.


She will begin her appointment July 1, succeeding Donald V. DeRosa, who will retire June 30 after a 14-year tenure.


In the news release announcing Eibeck's appointment, Tom Zuckerman, Chair of the Board of Regents, called her "a distinguished scholar and a proven administrator, with the leadership ability to continue Pacific on the upward trajectory established by President DeRosa."


Eibeck said it is "an honor and a privilege" to be asked to serve at the University of the Pacific, and "humbling to follow such as great leader" as DeRosa.


He is widely credited with turning around an institution with financial, academic, and fundraising problems, said the release.


Eibeck, 51, received her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, all in mechanical engineering, from Stanford University, and earned tenure while serving on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley. She is an expert on heat transfer and conducted experimental research related to electronics cooling and thermal tiles used by NASA on the space shuttles. She has authored or co-authored nearly 50 articles and papers.


Eibeck is married to William D. Jeffery, a law professor and California native. They have four children: Andrew and Kevin, who live in the Bay Area; Katherine, a freshman at the University of Southern California; and Will, a senior in high school.


UOP will host a welcome reception and news conference to introduce Eibeck in late March.