STOCKTON — Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, is the new chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities’ (AICCU) executive committee, the university announced Wednesday.
The organization has represented California’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955. Its activities include advocating for private nonprofit universities at the government level.
“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said in a press release. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”
Eibeck’s two-year term begins October 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.
AICCU includes a range from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional” programs of study; and professional schools that specialize in business, law, and medicine, the organization said. Institutions must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to be members. They must also fulfill a public purpose through nonprofit status.
Eibeck is a mechanical engineer and holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, according to Pacific. Her research on heat transfer influenced the design of NASA’s space shuttles, and her later work focused on reforming engineering education. Her efforts earned her the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.