Norman Allen leads with fervent dedication

From student body president to chair of the Board of Regents, Allen has selflessly devoted his time and energy to Pacific’s students, faculty and staff for more than three decades.

“Norm embodies the spirit of service,” said Judy Chambers, vice president for student life emerita. “He has provided outstanding leadership to our university in a variety of roles, a journey that began in his freshman year and continues to this day. The countless hours he has volunteered have truly made a lasting impact.”

Allen has served on the Board of Regents since 2014. He was chair of the presidential search committee in 2019 and became chair of the board in 2020, just three months into the coronavirus pandemic. Allen skillfully led the board to ensure the safety, financial and social health of Pacific.

Allen’s endowed scholarships for first-generation, Stockton-area and LGBTQ students have directly supported students as they pursue an education at Pacific. He also created the “Lift Every Voice” scholarship supporting Black students.

Prior to becoming a regent, Allen was vice president and president of the Pacific Alumni Association. He also served on the Pacific Fund Advisory Board, the Reunion Committee and the Student Panel of the National Commission, and as an Alumni Association volunteer mentor, a Career Resources Center volunteer mentor and a Pacific Club Officer.

His service extends further back to his time as a student. As an undergraduate, Allen was president of ASuop (the student governing body), was a resident hall assistant and senior class gift agent. As student president, he served on the Presidential Search Committee which led to the selection of William Atchley as the university’s 22nd president. He also was a founding member of the Pacific chapter of the national fraternity Phi Delta Theta. As a student at McGeorge School of Law, Allen was a writer and editor for the Pacific Law Review.

Allen is the only person to serve as ASuop president, Pacific Alumni Association president and chair of the Board of Regents in Pacific’s 171-year history.

“Norm is, quite simply, the quintessential Pacifican,” the president said.