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Hallick, who has led the university since 2009, plans to step down after the 2021-22 academic year.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Lesley Hallick.Pacific University President Lesley Hallick announced Monday her plans to retire in the summer.

Over a dozen years leading the school, Hallick oversaw the expansion of academic programs, including education, health professions and optometry, as well as the business school, the university's first doctoral programs, and the return of college football to campus.

"It has been an incredible privilege to serve as president of Pacific University, and I will sorely miss the dedicated faculty, staff and senior leadership with whom I have worked these past 12 years," Hallick said in a news release. "There is never a perfect time to step away, and there are always new challenges and opportunities one would like to see through to completion. However, as we turn the corner from what we accomplished together during the decade of Vision 2020 and start to move beyond COVID and back into the development of Vision 2030, I believe it is the right time for a leader who will implement that vision to be able to help develop it."

The board of trustees will appoint a search committee for the university's 18th president while Hallick finishes out the 2021-22 school year.

Hallick began serving as president of Pacific University in 2009, following a 32-year career at Oregon Health & Science University, where she served as chief academic officer.

Hallick grew up in the Santa Anna Valley of California. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Pomona College and a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin.


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