Lois Hornberger retires after serving university community

Ella Cutter

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Lois Hornberger has been a part of the Pacific University community for 12 years. Her career began in 2007 as the Director of Conferences and has since grown to encompass more responsibilities and roles at the university. Hornberger started out as a one-person department, but after a year or two of revitalizing and increasing business, she needed an assistant.

Six years ago, three departments were merged: conference, events and scheduling. The merge created the department that Hornberger would run for the rest of her time at Pacific. She has been an omnipresent asset to the university throughout her time on campus. She grew the conference department from only one individual to a team of five, created relationships with organizations and groups which kept them coming back year after year, and also built those same lasting relationships with everyone at Pacific.

“It’s taken me awhile to be able to talk about retiring without tearing up,” Hornberger said. “It will be a great change but an adjustment for sure because I’ve been involved with Pacific University in many different ways throughout my life.”

The thing that Hornberger will miss the most about Pacific is the community.

Wanda Frazier, a colleague of Hornberger’s and the Director of Placement Services, has worked with her for four years.

“Lois always went above and beyond the call of duty and worked so many extra hours supporting these groups and and all the University events as well,” Frazier said. “It was important to her to be available to do anything, everything, whenever, and whatever needed to be done.”

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