Dean, College of the Pacific

Dean, College of the Pacific

University of the Pacific (Pacific) invites experienced and accomplished academic leaders to apply for the role of Dean of the College of the Pacific (The College). The Dean must possess an entrepreneurial spirit and contribute to a culture that is focused on student success and academic excellence.

The University
The University of the Pacific - California’s Private University of Choice - provides personalized learning and small class sizes, with professors passionate about their students' success. The University offers an experience that produces successful alumni who lead in their communities, in California, and beyond. Located across Northern California, Pacific’s three campuses are located in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, connecting students to some of the most diverse, dynamic and rapidly-growing centers for industry and innovation in the country. Pacific’s residential campus is located in Stockton, the heart of one of the country's most diverse cities. and within reach of Sacramento, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, and Yosemite. From the classroom to extracurriculars, students discover close-knit like-minded connections that reach beyond their time on campus. Student life at Pacific complements and enriches students’ social, academic, and professional life.
Pacific strongly believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of its institutional mission. Diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. It enriches the educational experience by allowing all to share knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and understand new perspectives and ideas that are grounded in all of the ways everyone is different and unique. As a part of its institutional mission, Pacific is committed to identifying the needs and providing the resources for the multiple identities and diverse walks of life represented on campus. For more information about Pacific, please visit
College of the Pacific

As the liberal arts core and founding school (1851) of the University, the College of the Pacific is part of Pacific’s residential campus in Stockton and its oldest and largest academic unit, offering courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the fine and performing arts. The College collaborates closely with the University’s other eight schools and offers the foundational coursework for the University's professional programs. With 17 departments and a variety of interdisciplinary programs, the College of the Pacific provides a diversity of learning opportunities characteristic of much larger institutions while retaining a small college size and culture. The College, supported by 150 faculty members, offers 31 majors and 36 minors through the following departments: Art, Media, Performance and Design; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Communication; Economics; English; Geological and Environmental Sciences; Health, Exercise and Sport Science; History; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Literature; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; and Sociology.

The College educates all students by combining a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with opportunities to develop engaging partnerships in business, education, engineering, health sciences, law, and music. Supported by faculty committed to personalized education, the College champions experiential learning through undergraduate research and creative activity, fieldwork, internships, and study abroad. College of the Pacific challenges students and faculty to cultivate and exercise intellectual curiosity and conviction in the pursuit of meaningful personal and professional lives.

Position Summary

As the chief academic and administrative officer for the College, the Dean is responsible for the academic leadership of the College. In leading the College during this important period of planned institutional growth, the new Dean will play a critical role in effectively aligning the departments that comprise the College, developing and implementing a new strategic plan, and guiding the College through the process of redefining its identity. The Dean will also lead efforts to enhance the College’s academic culture of excellence and strengthen external partnerships to advance research/scholarship/creative activity and community impact. The Dean will be responsible for the academic, research, creative and outreach leadership of the College, as well as the management of its human and financial resources. The Dean has responsibility for leading the faculty and staff to work cohesively to advance the College as a whole and represents the College on campus and to the outside world, including alumni, donors, and other external stakeholders.


The next Dean will play an important role in the future growth of the College and be committed to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative activity, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. At a minimum, the successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic accomplishment and service, superior interpersonal and management skills For a complete position profile and a comprehensive list of qualifications and attributes, please visit

Application / Nomination Process

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominees. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Emy Cruz, Partner


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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.