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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Meet the New Student & Family Programs Professional Staff


Linda Dempsey

Linda Dempsey
Executive Director of New Student and Family Programs

Linda Dempsey was raised on the University of Pacific campus when her father was Athletic Director from 1966 - 1977, she unofficially began her Pacific career as an Assistant in the Ticket Office when she was 12 years old! After college, Linda was a stay-at-home mom, while raising two children she volunteered at several community-based organizations and filled in as a Substitute Teacher at her children's school. She officially began her career at Pacific in 2007 as the Assistant Director of the Pacific Fund. As a fundraiser, Linda developed an extensive parent and family program, provided oversight for Pacific Fund grants and scholarships, as well as initiated plans for the Pacific Fund advisory board. She joined the Division of Student Life in January of 2009 as Director of New Student & Family Programs. The program grew exponentially under Linda's leadership, she was promoted to Executive Director in July of 2016. 


Ashton Ricketts

Ashton Ricketts

Associate Director of New Student and Family Programs

Ashton (Datcher) Ricketts, COP '12, BSE '14, came to Pacific as an undergraduate in the Community Involvement Program (CIP), she received her Bachelors in English with Minors in both Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies in May 2012. During her undergraduate years she was ASuop President, a Pacific Ambassador, Student Advisor, Orientation Leader and involved in Black Student Union (BSU), to name a few of her co-curricular activities. These experiences encouraged Ashton to pursue a Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs at Pacific. After graduating in May 2014, she gained experience in retail and nonprofit sectors. She returned to her Pacific roots as Coordinator of the Pacific Ambassador Program in November 2016, she was promoted to Associate Director of New Student and Family Programs in November 2017.


Pacific Ambassadors Meet the Student Advisors