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April 2013

Pamela Eibeck, First Woman President of University of the Pacific, to Speak at Santa Clara University's Graduate Commencement June 14

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 11, 2013 — An award-winning engineering educator and the first woman president of the University of the Pacific will address Santa Clara University’s graduate students at their 2013 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.

The commencement will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Leavey Events Center.

Pamela A. Eibeck has been president of University of the Pacific for four years, overseeing its expansion beyond its Stockton, Calif. campus to campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco.

In attendance at the commencement will be about 600 students receiving advanced degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences’ Pastoral Ministries program, the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

Eibeck’s presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer, and university administrator. She was previously a tenured member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, after which she became a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University, where she also served as director of the honors program and then vice provost for undergraduate studies. In 2004, she was named dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.

She has authored or co-authored nearly 50 articles and papers in her fields of expertise, including heat transfer, electronics cooling, and reform of engineering education. 

She became a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2008. She received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.

She received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Eibeck is married to William D. Jeffery, a law professor at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. The youngest of their four children, Will, attends Santa Clara University. Their older children live in the Bay Area and Washington, D.C.

At the ceremony, Eibeck will receive an honorary degree. 

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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