In Brief

News and notes from Pacific University.

BEST OF THE WEST | Pacific University is among the top universities in the west, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings. Pacific tied for 21st in the “Regional Universities-West” category, which includes 140 institutions across 15 states, including California and Texas. Pacific also ranks among U.S. News’ Best Value Schools in the region.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings puts Pacific in the top half of its ranked institutions nationwide (less than a third of all four-year colleges and universities get ranked at all), and Washington Monthly calls Pacific a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in its western region.

Washington Monthly also recently recognized Pacific among its “Best Colleges for Student Voting,” praising its Get Out the Vote effort and its commitment to civic engagement. Read More

VISIONARY EXCELLENCE | The Pacific University College of Optometry has been named the 2018 School of the Year by the National Optometric Association for its ongoing commitment to providing vision care to underserved populations. Pacific was nominated by Dr. Larry Jones OD ’85, a longtime NOA member and currently the organization’s president-elect. Jones, who received the 2017 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist from Pacific called out the support he received as a student of color at Pacific, as well as the work Pacific does to provide care for patients from underrepresented and underserved populations. Read More

IT’S OFFICIAL | Sarah Phillips has been named dean of the College of Arts & Sciences following a 16-month interim term. A member of Pacific’s faculty since 1995, she has served as a professor of sociology, also teaching in anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, public health, and social work. She was an associate dean in both the College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences, as well as director of the School of Social Sciences. As interim dean, she’s focused supporting both students and faculty in a changing higher ed environment. Read More

NEW TO PACIFIC | Jim Langstraat has joined Pacific University as vice president of finance & administration. Langstraat has spent the past 6 1/2 years at Portland Community College, including the last three as vice president of finance and administration. He previously held high-level financial positions in public school districts in Oregon and Iowa and was a senior auditor for the State of Iowa. He holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Read More

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