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University of the Pacific names new vice president for external relations
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University of the Pacific names new vice president for external relations

Stacy McAfee, an academic leader with broad experience in higher education, has been appointed associate vice president for external relations at University of the Pacific. She will split her time among the university’s campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco.

“I am so pleased to welcome Stacy to the Pacific family,” said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “She understands how important it is for us to demonstrate shared values and responsibility to stakeholders within our communities. Her background, skills and passion will help to strengthen the support and engagement we will need as we develop into a more vibrant three-city university.”

McAfee will facilitate and strengthen ties between university leaders and corporate and community leaders and elected officials in the three cities, helping to ensure that the university understands and is a constructive member of each region.

"It is an honor to join University of the Pacific, a visionary institution committed to serving a diverse student body in three dynamic cities," McAfee said. "I am proud to build upon a strong foundation of leadership and partnership within our communities that has advanced social and economic outcomes. I look forward to deepening our relationships within the Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco communities as we advance shared goals."

McAfee is charged with coordinating a comprehensive external relations strategy that engages university leaders with key civic and governmental leaders to effectively advocate for the institution in each city. She will report directly to the president and serve on her cabinet.

On behalf of the university, McAfee will build and maintain relationships with civic leaders, boards, elected and appointed officials, legislative staff and government agencies. She will help develop strategies to assist the university in accomplishing key goals that require cooperation or partnerships with local governments and agencies, community groups, companies, institutions and employers.

She will also work with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to oversee and coordinate Pacific’s efforts to support Cal Grants and influence state governmental activities that can impact the university.

McAfee comes to Pacific from University of Phoenix, where she is vice president of the Bay Area campus. Her previous leadership roles with University of Phoenix include regional director of academic affairs, director of academic affairs for the Sacramento Valley campus, and chair of undergraduate business and management at the Sacramento campus.

Her career has also included service as director of development for Campbell Montessori School in St. Charles, Missouri.

McAfee is a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business, and Sacramento Metro Chamber Education and Workforce Development Group. She is a past member of the board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and chair of the group’s economic development committee. She is a frequent speaker at Bay Area conferences and summits.

McAfee holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, an MBA from DePaul University and is completing a doctorate in education from Drexel University.

She can be reached at (916) 955-9531 smcafee@pacific.edu.

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and other academic programs, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. For more information, visit www.pacific.edu.

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