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Pacific president named to NAICU board

Feb 7, 2017

University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck has been named to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities board of directors.

Eibeck's three-year term as an at-large board member runs through February 2020.

"Being named to the NAICU board is a great honor and I hope to use the position to advocate for students from all backgrounds who attend the colleges and universities represented by NAICU," Eibeck said. "It's vital that NAICU-member institutions have a voice in the nation's capital to maintain our independence and diversity, and to work on student aid and tax policies that will provide greater access to college for more students."

Eibeck is among 14 college and university presidents named new board members of the organization that represents more than 1,000 private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide on public policy issues in Washington, D.C., focusing on student aid, tax policy and government regulation.

"The NAICU's role will be especially important as an advocate for private, nonprofit colleges and universities as higher education policy is shaped in the coming years under the emerging climate in the nation's capital," she said.

Eibeck, the 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, also serves on the Valley Vision and the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council boards. A leader in higher education, Eibeck chaired the Association for Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) from 2014 to 2016 and currently is the vice chair of the NCAA Committee on Academics.

The NAICU is one of six major presidential higher education associations and its board members set the association's agenda on federal higher education policy and promote association priorities and initiatives. NAICU represents the diversity of independent higher education in the United States and its member institutions include traditional liberal arts and science institutions, church-related colleges, major research universities, historically black colleges, art and design colleges, women's colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions.