University prepares for administration changes to come

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University President, Lesley Hallick, announced the future retirement of two university administrators on July 12.

President Hallick congratulated Dr. Mark Ankeny, Pacific’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Dr. Anna Barr-Gillespie, as they “prepare to take the next steps in their careers” in her mass email to students and faculty.

Ankeny has announced his plans to retire in January 2020, while Barr-Gillespie will step down from her role as Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions in June 2020.

The university will begin nationwide searches for both positions this fall.

Serving eight years as Dean of the College of Education at the start of his Pacific career, Ankeny was appointed to his current role in student affairs in 2012. During his time at both jobs, Hallick credits and gives thanks to Ankeny for his role in creating the Early Learning Community, establishing the Woodburn Campus and School of Communication Sciences & Disorders and overseeing the expansion of student services, among other things.

Barr-Gillespie has served Pacific since 2010, establishing the School of Audiology — including the university’s first fully online degree program (the bachelor of health science) — leading the growth of existing programs and helping to launch new graduate certifications and master’s programs. During her time with the university, Barr-Gillespie has also overseen the near doubling of the College of Health Professions’ student body.

Before saying goodbye to their positions, Barr-Gillespie will be helping the university transition before exploring her next role at Pacific.


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