University of the Pacific names two new deans

May 26, 2017 5:28am

•  Patricia Campbell to head University College

•  Thomas Naehr to lead Graduate School

The University of the Pacific in Stockton has picked two new top academic managers.

Patrica Campbell, vice president and dean of graduate studies, research and innovation for the American Public University System, has been named the dean of University of the Pacific’s University College, the academic unit that focuses on adult learners and degree completion. She begins her appointment July 31.

Thomas Naehr, associate dean of graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been named the dean of University of the Pacific’s Graduate School.

“I am delighted that Patricia Campbell will be joining Pacific,” says Pacific’s Provost Maria Pallavicini. “We will benefit from her experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit education sectors, as well as her understanding of academic technology.”

While at American Public University System, Ms. Campbell developed and promoted unique pathways for adult learners to complete their degrees.

Pacific’s University College, home of the university’s degree completion programs for adult learners, was established in 1972. It was placed under the Center for Professional and Continuing Education in 1999. With Ms. Campbell’s appointment, University College will return to its standing as a distinct academic unit under a dean’s leadership to reflect Pacific’s increased focus on adult learners.

“I am so proud that the reputation of Pacific’s faculty and students and our vision for building and expanding a robust, high quality graduate program portfolio has enabled us to attract such a talented leader as Thomas Naehr,” says Ms. Pallavicini.

Mr. Naehr had served as the associate dean of graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 2013. He has sailed on more than a dozen offshore research expeditions, published extensively in national and international journals, and presented to national and international audiences during his academic career.

Mr. Naehr will begin his appointment on July 7. With Naehr’s appointment, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will return to using its official name, the Graduate School, to reflect the importance of this university-wide academic unit.

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