Pam became the 24th President of University of the Pacific on July 1, 2009. Under her leadership, Pacific is enhancing its academic enterprise, strengthening connections between its three cities, and serving its communities through partnerships at the local, national and global levels. Pam's Presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer, and university administrator. She received her bachelor's through doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at Northern Arizona University, where she later served as director of the honors program and vice provost for undergraduate studies. Prior to coming to Pacific, Pam served as dean of the Edward E. Whiteacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech, one of the nation's largest engineering colleges.