Newswise — A number of seasoned administrators have recently joined Pacific University’s administrative leadership team.

Pacific welcomed back alumna Jennifer Yruegas '96, JD as the new director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs last month. Yruegas successfully managed human resources and legal affairs across multiple sectors in Oregon for the past 18 years, most recently as a vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel at Viewpoint, Inc., in Portland.

Dr. Michelle Larkins began as the new director of the university’s Center for a Sustainable Society in August. Larkins spent the past three years as a consultant and researcher for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network, while also successfully earning a doctorate in community sustainability from Michigan State University. While with USAID, she performed research within the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, working on sustainability initiatives and ethical market development in Malawi, Africa. Larkins possesses a master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife and has taught college courses in environmental science, gender and the environment.

Dr. Paul DuongTran was selected to lead Pacific’s Master of Social Work program from the university’s Eugene Campus. DuongTran previously chaired the social work department at Indiana State University since 2014 and succeeds interim director Dr. Don Schweitzer, who returned to his faculty position on the Forest Grove Campus. DuongTran’s appointment marked a return to the Pacific Northwest, where he earned his undergraduate at Willamette University, master’s at Portland State and doctorate at the University of Washington.

Earlier this summer, Dr. James (Jim) Goodrich began his tenure as dean of the College of Business, effective July 1. He came to Pacific from California State University, Los Angeles, where he led the College of Business and Economics. Goodrich is no stranger to the Northwest, having served as as dean of Willamette University’s Adkinson Graduate School of Management from 2003-07.

Narcedalia (Narce) Rodriguez assumed the role of chief equity diversity inclusion officer (CEDIO) for the university, serving as Pacific's executive director for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Rodriguez brings more than 25 years of higher education experience, with a substantial background in diversity and inclusion, most recently as dean of student development at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus.

Longtime Arts & Sciences associate dean Dr. Sarah Phillips is serving as the interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2017-2018 academic year. A professor of sociology, Dr. Phillips led the School of Social Sciences within the college before serving as interim associate dean of the College of Business during the 2016-2017 academic year. She succeeds former College of Arts & Sciences dean, Dr. Lisa Carstens, who has transitioned to vice provost for academic affairs.